Narrow down this area board to New Jersey. I LOVE Bread!! Italian Bread, Semolina Bread, Panela, Bread Twists, With Seeds. Who makes or sells the best bread in NJ? In my area I buy bread from AltaMura in Bayonne, Bread from Somerset Farms on Rt 22 in North Plainfield, I think it's Elias, and if desperate Colandras from Kings Super Market. Please tell me I'm missing the greatest bread in NJ and I can find it at???
Wow....a bread lover.
Personally, I have never really enjoyed any exceptional Italian bread below New Brunswick, with the exception of the bread from Johnson Avenue Bakery., but they are really out of Plainfield and sold in stores below New Brunswick. I'll assume you are from Bayonne, so I'll suggest Pecoraro's in Jersey City. It was once run by the family of the same name...maybe it still is, but I do know one of the sons retired about 6-7 years ago....it's possible it was purchased by an outsider. The oven there is a true brick oven and they made some great meat, cheese and vegetable breads as well.
Up further in Hoboken, you have Dom's, Marie's and Antique. All very good and they sell to all the restaurant and delis in the area.
Harrison and Newark have some of the largest bakers in the state. They chose the location in part due to the water available. This is where the Portuguese Bread Bakers like Teixeira's are. Pechter- Fields and Paramount base their operations here too.
Others in the area above Newark, like Americo's, Di Paolo, Hudson/Prestige and Calandra's are also very good. They supply many delis and most of the Asian markets you see with bread bins. Some bread are better than others.
Further up the turnpike you have the Lodi, Garfield, Fairview and Hackensack areas. These bakers all have excellent products They are Gerbino's, Orlando's, Fragale's, Venice, Central/Clemente and Valente. Again, you will find these breads all over Northern New Jersey in delis and supermarkets.
Here are a couple of threads from another blog that recently discussed bread in Northern New Jersey