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Apr 8, 2008 07:40 PM

Where can I find Focacia Bread in the East Bay Area?

I'm having a hard time find Focacia bread in the East Bay...I appreciate any recommendations.

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  1. Acme sells one at the bakery at Cedar and San Pablo.

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    1. re: wally


      Acme Bread
      1601 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

      1. re: wally

        Acme calls theirs "herb slab," main flavor is rosemary. That might be one of the breads they sell to Trader Joe's.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Actually, now I believe that Acme's "herb slab" was the focaccia I was thinking of when I suggested looking for Semifreddi's at Berkeley Bowl.

        2. re: wally

          We're pretty sure that the artisan herb focaccia sold at our local Trader Joe's stores is made by Acme. So, it may be available more widely if one can't get to Cedar and San Pablo.

          Letter from Steve Sullivan

        3. Semifreddi's produces a rosemary focaccia. I'm pretty sure I've bought it at Berkeley Bowl before, but I could have that wrong.

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          1. re: hohokam

            Nurts. Forgot the place links...

            Berkeley Bowl
            2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

            372 Colusa Ave, Kensington, CA

            3084 Claremont Ave, Berkeley, CA

            4242 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA

            1. re: hohokam

              Genova Deli on 51st ST sells Ligura focaccia on Sundays.

              1. re: Oakland Barb

                They do? That's great! I can never make it to the bakery in time. Do they just sell plain, or ones with toppings as well?

                For the OP - Arizmendi on Lakeshore sells a California-style focaccia, with a sourdough base, and different toppings depending on the day.

                1. re: daveena

                  I've seen the green onion, tomato, garlic,mushroom and plain. I haven't seen the raisin but maybe I'm too late for it.
                  Sometimes they have it leftover on Monday as well.

          2. Try Berkeley Rotisserie if it's still around.

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              1. re: kc72

                If Berkeley Rotisserie still exists, it is not in its original location. That spot (2417 Shattuck) is now occupied by a Hawaiian BBQ place.

              2. Feel Good Bakery in Alameda has great foccacia. I really think they are doing a great job. I've posted a couple times about them. They are getting better and better. Definitely worth a visit

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                1. re: Bacotarian

                  I just tried Feel Good's foccacia for the first time today and was really impressed - light, springy texture, nicely oily and chewy at the edges. Today's topping was blue cheese and red onion - more Arizmendi than Italy, but applied more sparingly than Arizmendi's, so it was definitely more bread and less pizza. I think it's on par with Liguria's, straight from the bakery (the Liguria's foccacia I purchased from Genova didn't seem as fresh as the ones I've had from the bakery). I go to Feel Good pretty regularly and have never noticed the foccacia before, will definitely be on the lookout from now on.