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Apr 8, 2007 03:22 PM

On LARD BREAD, in Brooklyn

For my money, Mazzola (the bakery on the corner of Union and Henry Sts) is the best.
At the A&S Pork Store on Fifth Ave in Park Slope, they sell the Cammareri lard bread. It's good, but it's not as perfect as the peppery rich addiction purveyed at Mazzola.
Both of them have salami, not prosciutto, inside - at least when I've bought it.

The Bath Ave Cammareri is under renovations btw; their goods are being sold a couple blocks down the street, near 16th Ave. There's a sign in the window . . .

Why isn't Royal Crown making this stuff?

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  1. Royal Crown sells similar stuff (prosciutto bread) on 14th Avenue.
    There is very good lard bread, several kinds (they wouldnt disclose who makes it) at it Lioni's Latticini a few blocks east and south of threre?

    We still miss the lard bread in the old Carroll St. bakery which was made with salami in their delicious white loaf - not as fatty and rich as some. Still regret the loss of that Sicilian baker to the neighborhood when Cucina took over the space.

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    1. re: jen kalb

      Couldn't resist remembering this one, too--and the Guarino Family Bakery even earlier on in this space (I grew up with the kids). Next door was Pipitone butchers, sawdust on the floor and all.

    2. Have you tried the big round lard bread from Napoli Bakery (616 Metropolitan Avenue)? It is absolutely amazing. The meat is more bacony than salami or prosciutto, but in my mind is is leagues ahead of Mazzola, Bath Ave Cammareri and the old Henry St. Cammareri (haven't tried the new Court St. one yet).

      BTW if you go any day except Sunday, pick up a mozzarella from Tedone's Latticini across the street.

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      1. re: bobjbkln

        Oh yeah, missing regular access to that bread is one of my major regrets in moving out of Williamsburg.

        1. re: bobjbkln

          went to Nunzio's/Napoli a couple weeks ago and was impressed, but with their round and long country breads even more than the lard or semolina.

          The round lard bread IS impressively porky - really made more with pork cracklings, nothing smoky about it. They have a long bread too made with salami, etc that I thought was very nice, maybe more than one type - I bought all I could carry and not everything in the shop. I hope that little italian cluster survives - it has a vulnerable feeling to it.

          1. re: jen kalb

            There is nothing more fragile looking than Tedone's Latticini across the street and especially the proprietress, Mary. Every time we go I expect it to not be there, but somehow it and the hand made fresh and smoked mozzarella continues to survive.

        2. Esposito's pork store on Court Street sells a nice lard bread, but I don't know where they get it from.

          1. Can anyone comment on this places lard bread ... ?
            It looks inviting although not in the customary round shape.
            Click on image below to see.

            Bari Pork Store
            158 Avenue U (at West 7th St.)
            Bensonhurst, Brooklyn ... (one of several locations supposedly)


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            1. re: Cheese Boy

              Sal and Jerry's the sell to COLUCCHIO

              1. re: Cheese Boy

                I thought that thumbnail looked familiar.

                After the obligatory photo or two, I tore into it, then tried to save half my lard bread for later. Didn't work. I'm no expert on Italian baked goods, but I really, really liked it.

                And yes, Bari has two more outlets, up 18th Ave.

              2. I think Caputo's on Court Street has the best lard bread.

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                1. re: meldell

                  Faicco's Pork Store on 11th Avenue between 65th and 66th Street has a killer lard bread. It is round and a little bigger than a donut.

                  1. re: meldell

                    Caputo's on Court! I totally agree that it's the best for lard bread (although I like Mazzola and Cammareri too). I love going in there and seeing it glistening behind the counter. I'm also a huge fan of their vanilla biscotti with almonds.

                    They're my current favorite bakery.

                    1. re: nerdgoggles

                      the best prosciutto bread has got to be at Sal and Jerry's on 20th ave and 68th st

                        1. re: FAL

                          Mona Lisa in Bensonhurst has truly superb lard bread -- 86th street and about 14th avenue. far better than court street. (and great gelato too.)