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The Best Bread In Nassau County

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  1. I really enjoy the breads sold at the Bestyet Markets the Italian loaves and rolls are like what I enjoyed in Brooklyn which is where the baking's done

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      1. re: Kingphish

        http://www.bestyetmarket.com/chooseci... Fairway who does thier own baking is good with also a Jewish style bakery right next door

        1. re: scunge

          It's apparently a chain, but haven't tried it myself. This link for Best Yet actually works:

      2. re: scunge

        I get all my bread at Best Yet now, they "import" Tom Cat and other city breads and I am in heaven. I've never had anything at Fairway that compares, even though I LOVE Fairway.

      3. I've picked up bread for dinner parties at Cardinali when I haven't had time to make it myself, and the guests always praise it.

        1. do you know if they bake in a coal oven??The ones in Bklyn are great!!

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          1. Any Glen Cove local hounds know if the St. Rocco bakery across from the church is still in business? They used to have the greatest brick oven bread, but I heard there was a fire.

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            1. re: kelvin8r

              St Rocco's got a new name a few years ago, but I forget what it was. The last time I was by there a few months ago, the place was empty. I'll have to check again as the bread was great, unchanged from the St Rocco's days.

                1. re: Kingphish

                  Drove by today and it's not good for lovers of the coal oven bread from St. Rocco's. The windows are boarded up. There is a full dumpster in the driveway. The old St. Rocco's signs are visible, two of the three Casa Dolce signs have gone.

                  The only good signs are that there were two vehicles parked on the drive, one, a van, parked in by the dumpster. The glass front door and the glass door at the front of the bakehouse were not boarded up. No activity.

                  The question remains, will great rustic Italian bread return?

                  1. re: therealdoctorlew

                    That's too bad. I grew up with two great Italian bread bakeries in Glen Cove.
                    There was the Landing Bakery ... in the neighborhood of the same name ... then there was the aformentioned bakery near St. Rocco's RC Church ... run by a man named Giambruno ...was a junior football coach and one of his kids became a local cop.
                    We used to call the small loaves "juniors" and they were warm from the oven.

                    1. re: dw438

                      Drove by the St. Rocco site yesterday, and Lo! and Behold!, there is new construction going on and a big new sign saying that St Rocco's Bakery is coming back. Once they return in fact instead of in intention, I'll see if the coal oven bread has also reurned. We shall see.

            2. Baker's of All Nations on Jericho Tpke in Mineola has great Portuguese cornbread. It is the southern style cornbread, but more like a dense jewish style cornbread. Its called a broa. Really great. They also have really good breads of all kinds, and generally are less expensive than other places.

              1. Italian: Prosperi on Atlantic Ave. in Lynbrook
                Jewish: Steinbergs in the Great Lincoln Shopping Center in Oceanside.

                1. So I dont know if people are still following this thread but...My Great Grandparents who originally immigrated from Sicily & Italy were the original owners of Giambruno's Bakery and the adjacent home which they lived in for many years. The bakery was later renamed St. Rocco's Bakery after it was sold by my family sometime within the last decade. My mother's father was Ralph Giambruno, his parents were the original owners of the bakery in the early 1900's. All of my mothers siblings tell stories of working in the bakery while growing up. The cop referred to is my mother's cousin, a Giambruno as well who is still a Glen Cove officer. Unfortunately the bakery sits still from fire damage back in 2007, which I have personally inspected last year. The stories and memories will live long and forever, thank you to all who have resparked the interest of a place that is important in my heart. And my Uncle still bakes all of the recipes and the famous "juniors" are a family treat and I had the opportunity to eat one earlier this year. Thanks Again!!!

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                  1. re: schizasjr

                    Please tell your family THANK YOU!! Since S. Rocco closed there is no really great bread being made in Nassau County. Is there any chance it will ever reopen? Hope springs eternal.

                    1. re: emarcus

                      Blue Duck bakery, a favorite of mine from Southold & Southhampton, sells bread at the farmer's market in Deer Park each Saturday. Not quite Nassau but close by, and the bread is fantastic.

                      1. re: Scott_R

                        Also, Fiorello Dolce in Huntington (close to Nassau) makes very good bread.

                        1. re: sbp

                          He doesn't make it, but he sells Blue Duck (see Scott R's post) as well as Tom Cat.

                          1. re: EZ Pass

                            I should mention that it's the farmer's market at the Tangers Outlet in Deer Park. And here's a bit about Blue Duck:

                            Their sunflower load is about as addictive as crack. And their brioche makes a great French Toast.

                            Deer Park Cafe
                            104 US Highway 6, Port Jervis, NY 12771

                            1. re: Scott_R

                              I have to try Blue Ducks bread soon. Their pies were only OK. Wish I had to GAIN some weight ;-)

                  2. i've been thinking about making my own bread.....i love bread full of whole grains and lots of seeds - maybe a some nuts, you know something really hearty, but haven't really found the time. anybody have any ideas where i can get some?

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                    1. re: Maggie Larkin

                      Blue Duck Bakery (Southold) breads are now available at Whole Foods on LI and NYC, and Grace's Marketplace in Greenvale. I'm particular to their sunflower loaf and the oatmeal whole grain.

                      1. Fresh Market; little supermarket on Jericho Turnpike; just west of Glen Cove Road; breads made there; I heard the baker came form Cardinale

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                          1. re: emarcus

                            the bread in Freshway is great!-The closest to the Italian bakery in Brooklyn that I used to go to-they had a coal fired oven from like the 1890's-my wife thinks this bread is better!

                            The prosciutto bread is great-the Brooklyn one used to call it "Lard Bread" -don't know why?

                          2. re: Leonard J. Pugatch

                            Thanks Leonard for this rec. Stopped in and picked up a ciabatta loaf the other day - fabulous!

                          3. Forgive me for reviving an old thread, but I am happy to report the revival of St. Rocco's Bakery in Glen Cove. To recap: St. Rocco's made great coal oven bread. The bakery was sold and renamed, but then stopped business for a renovation that did not seem to occur. Then, presumably due to an accident during the renovation, it burned, but was restorable. Reconstruction eventually started after the fire and the place looked near opening when, alas, another fire really leveled it. Ovder the last year or so it was completely rebuilt.

                            Now it looks like a small villa, clearly set to have some outdoor usage in nice weather. Inside they are selling many breads, pastries, pizzas, desserts, and cakes. My wife and I have tested their products three times so far.

                            I an happy to report that the breads are quite good, including the revival of the coal oven Italian bread. The pastries are also excellent. Prices are reasonable, especially for the pastries and small desserts. We don't need whole cakes, but they look quite attractive. My wife tried a free taste of the pizza and approved it as a sort of thin crust type.

                            In short, St. Rocco's has been reconstructed, offers a much wider variety than the original, and maintains the quality.

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                            1. re: therealdoctorlew

                              The Freshways on Jericho Turnpike in Mineola is now a North Shore Farms. The bakery is still there, and better than ever. And from the size of the line there at the counter last Sunday, I am not the only one who thinks so.

                              1. re: therealdoctorlew

                                Thanks for posting. I look forward to trying St. Rocco's next time I'm in the area.

                              2. If not exactly "the best", they do make good crusty Italian style loaves:
                                Rosselli Bakery
                                122 Franklin Ave
                                Franklin Square, NY 11010
                                (516) 616-7769