Piedogrotta in Cross Street Market closed
Went to Piedogrotta in Cross Street Market for tirasimu and cannoli today, and were told that they're closed effective Monday. Apparently the faltering economy isn't supporting the branch store.
This is a huge loss for the Federal Hill area.
Update, and this is very strange. Went to the market yesterday, and the Piedogrotta stall is cleaned out -- all the food gone, the cash register, nothing left but a freezer full of cookies and such. The counter person had told me they were closing, so that was expected.
What wasn't expected was the sign that says they're on vacation until the 31st of January. Most place don't clean everything out when going on vacation, and they sure look closed for good, so I don't know what that's about. Will post an update when i have one.
My family knows Antonio and Bruna pretty well, and Antonio mentioned to us that they were closing the Cross St location. They originally opened it when it became apparent they were losing the Central Ave address but not yet clear to where they were moving. Originally they opened the stall at Cross St to ensure that if there were a lag between when the Central Ave shop closed and the new one opened, they would still have a presence. Luckily, Bank St came through in time for a seamless transition, but they kept the Cross St. location anyways. I'm not sure all the ins and outs of closing Cross St. now, but I do know that in a conversation a few weeks ago they said that was the plan.
Ahh, that is a bummer but fortunately the Little Italy bakery is not that far away. I always thought that they tried to stock too much selection in the Cross Street Market and that left alot of stuff hanging around. The Little Italy location seems to move through the product more and thus fresher baked goods.