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Good Scali Bread in Boston, Outside/Inside the North End

I was looking for some suggestions for Scali bread in Boston both inside the North End and outside.

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  1. papa's bakery, right next door to santarpio's, does very nice scali. closes at 5:00 during the week. they also have very good prices on italian meats.

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    1. re: hotoynoodle

      Good to know, I wish Santarpio's sold their bread too. I'm sort of in a bind since I need some for tonight and I'm at work in the Back Bay right now.

      1. re: NahantNative

        jj pace in the north end has very good bread, but i don't know if you can count on a variety after 5:00, if that's your schedule today.

        i've never liked bova's.

        1. re: hotoynoodle

          Do you know if they sell scali at the J Pace on Federal Street?

          1. re: NahantNative

            sorry, i can't say. but they make sandwiches and do catering from there, don't they?

            1. re: hotoynoodle

              They do, I'll give them a ring, they're prob closed due to the holiday

            2. re: NahantNative

              With a day's notice, Pace will bring anything from the NE store to the Devonshire St store, bread etc. I try to go in before the lunch rush if there's something I need and know I won't be able to make it to NE the next day.

            3. re: hotoynoodle

              I got some good scali from Pace in the NE. I suspect its a day old due to the holiday, but it will get the job done.

              Thanks all!

            4. re: NahantNative

              I second Papa's Bakery for scali bread. I notice they run out by 2 or 3 in the afternoon sometimes so get there early.

              1. re: bizkat

                Do you know if Papa's has weekend hours, I got to Santarpio's mostly on Sat and Sundays?

                1. re: NahantNative

                  They close earlier on Sundays but I'm unsure what time.

                  1. re: bizkat

                    saturday til 5, but sunday they close by 11 or 12.

                    1. re: hotoynoodle

                      Papa's Bakery has officially closed. Another long-time family-owned East Boston establishment bites the dust.

                      1. re: bizkat

                        i saw. i cross-posted on the openings/closing thread as well.

          2. La Cascia's in Medford (or Burlington/Billerica line) has a nice sliced scali. I am sure you can get it unsliced as well.

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            1. re: FeastNut2008

              I've often driven by the B'rica/Burl one and will stop in and try the Scali. What else do you recommend?

            2. The Chateau in Waltham has great scali bread. They sell loaves of it at the restaurant.

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              1. re: Ali G

                Isn't the poster asking for Scali in Boston? If they wanted it outside Boston, there are decent options much closer to Nahant than Waltham (for instance D'Amici's in Lynn, Espositos in Revere), but the poster is looking in Boston. I think given the holiday (and its importance to Italians) the North End probably gives you the most options: Pace's (and might be able to pull up and check), Modern's Scali is decent and usually open, Parziale is probably closed or may close early so if the others don't work out you might have to settle for Bova.

                1. re: itaunas

                  I guess so. I saw inside and outside the north end and the Medford / Billerica suggestions and assumed they were open to spots outside Boston.

                  1. re: Ali G

                    My two favorites are Pace's in the North End, and Elm St. bakery in Everett.

                  2. re: itaunas

                    Parziale is the best bet. It's a bakery and better than Bova's. J Pace is not a bakery. I think they get their bread from either Parziale or Bova.

                    1. re: robertlf

                      They get their bread from their Saugus store which has a bakery.

                2. J Pace and Roma's in Woburn (go every week for theirs!)

                  1. Well since everyone's mentioning Pace....I'll put in a plug for J. Pace in Saugus. That's where we buy all our Italian bread and rolls. Gotta go early though, or give them a phone call to hold what you want.