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Tiramisu question

joebelt Jan 14, 2008 10:24 AM

Does anyone know who makes the Tiramisu that one can find at Whole Foods and also served at several cafes in the North End (Caffe Vittoria, etc.)?

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    twitchology Jul 18, 2008 08:58 PM

    Who has the best in town?

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    1. re: twitchology
      finlero Jul 20, 2008 01:27 PM

      The best I've had is at Pomodoro in Brookline (they may have it in their North End branch too, but I haven't checked). It's an individual serving as opposed to a slice from a tray, with a surprising amount of subtlety and nuance.

      Classic crack pipe marketing: they once gave our table an order on the house, and now I can't leave the restaurant without ordering it. First taste is free...

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        kelly001 Jul 20, 2008 02:26 PM

        Gran Gusto in Cambridge or Piccolo Nido in the North End.

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          phoebek Jul 20, 2008 05:41 PM

          Oh yeah, Gran Gusto's is great. I generally order the ricotta pie, but last week at Gran Gusto, we had a bit of a service problem, and they ended up comping us two desserts--the aforementioned ricotta pie and the tiramisu, and from now on, I'll have a really tough decision to make at dessert time!

      2. itaunas Jan 16, 2008 10:46 AM

        Not certain about Vittoria as its been a while, but several caffes were serving the Tiramisu from Bindi (comes in a brown plastic tray), dello sport and I believe grafitti. Paradiso did have homemade (served out of a pyrex container) in their North End caffe, while using Bindi in Harvard Square, but that was before the owner passed away. I wouldn't think that Whole Foods, if they don't make their own, sells the Bindi stuff. Modern also makes their own.

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          Wursthof Jan 16, 2008 01:38 PM

          John Accardi sells two different brands of Tira mi su that some of those places buy. Teatro buys theirs from them also(or used to).

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            itaunas Jan 22, 2008 06:23 AM

            Accardi distributed Tiramisu can be bought retail at La Bella Foods in West Medford (no idea what they charge for a whole tray) and I think that I may have seen it in Bob's freezer but didn't get a chance to pass by there. Accardi itself doesn't allow cash and carry. The ones I mentioned don't sell that, but you are right that its probably pretty common in the NE.

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          pollystyrene Jan 14, 2008 09:11 PM

          I just assumed Whole Foods made it. I wasn't aware the same one was sold elsewhere. Sorry, I can't help, but that is excellent Tiramisu. It's my second favorite WF bakery item after the fudge brownie with ganache.

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          1. re: pollystyrene
            joebelt Jan 15, 2008 05:02 AM

            It might be made by WF. I'm just surprised North End cafes would buy from them. It's not a very homemade tiramisu but it does deliver taste wise.

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              Ralphie_in_Boston Jan 15, 2008 06:35 AM

              That's surprising to me as well, but I think the regional WF bakery facility is in Everett, not too far from the NE--so it's a logistical possibility at least.

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                buffet king Jan 15, 2008 06:45 AM

                There is a large Whole Foods baking facility on Middlesex Ave in Medford next to BJ's Wholesale Club. It used to be Bread & Circus before the were bought out by Whole Foods. I think that is where they make their baked goods for their stores.

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                  Ralphie_in_Boston Jan 15, 2008 06:54 AM

                  Thanks...I guess I was a bit off geographically. I thought I'd seen an Everett adress on the labels of some of their baked goods though (a while ago). Thanks for clarifying.

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                    foodperv Jan 16, 2008 10:19 AM

                    i remember the building does that baking facilty have a store front for us to buy frm?

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                      buffet king Jan 16, 2008 10:25 AM

                      No, the baking facility doesn't have a store front. The baked goods are delivered to their stores only.

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