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Athens, GA - Ciabatta/focaccia, red pepper salad?

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pinkboa Jul 15, 2009 01:38 PM

Hi, all,
I'm looking for a source in Athens for good, consistent ciabatta or focaccia bread. Any recommendations?

I'm also really missing the red pepper marinated salad that they used to serve at Tuscan Market (which closed a long time ago). I would buy it by the pound. I have been thinking about it all summer. Anyone know where I can get a substitute, or a similar recipe try to make it on my own?

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    jsa7405 RE: pinkboa Jul 15, 2009 01:50 PM

    Luna bakery has a wide selection of great breads sold through athens locally grown and a few other vendors I believe. Also, big city bread has seemed to go up in bread quality in the past year.

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      uptown jimmy RE: pinkboa Jul 16, 2009 07:33 AM

      We buy Luna bread at Earth Fare. Really good bread, and we occasionally see their ciabatta bread packaged two small loaves to a bag.

      Luna rocks. Athens is very lucky to have them.

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        Dax RE: uptown jimmy Jul 16, 2009 08:34 AM

        Big City's website lists both ciabatta/focaccia

        http://www.bigcitybreadcafe.com/baker...

        Doesn't that new bakery/deli place in Normal Town (former Black Forest location) serve/sell Luna? Or is it Big City Bread they sell? I haven't been to it yet.

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          uptown jimmy RE: Dax Jul 16, 2009 09:43 AM

          I swore off Big City bread years ago. Maybe they've gotten their act together? Different owners and such?

          We used to really enjoy their pastries. Their rugulach was really good.

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            hillarybrown RE: Dax Jul 17, 2009 01:24 PM

            It sells Luna bread because it _is_ Luna bakery, basically.

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              pinkboa RE: hillarybrown Jul 17, 2009 06:58 PM

              Thanks for all the replies. I have not tried Luna yet and haven't had Big City in a few years.

              Still trying to cobble together a recipe to make the red bell pepper salad . . .

              Enjoy your weekend!

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                mfc423 RE: pinkboa Jul 31, 2009 06:07 AM

                Both Luna and Big city have stands at the farmers market in Bishop park.. Couldn't find Antonio Zenere in the phone book or I would have sugested you call and ask him. I was too hooked on the tuna sandwhich to cast my eyes elsewhere..

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                  hlamart RE: mfc423 Jan 28, 2011 10:10 PM

                  Focaccia from Luna Bread is superb.

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