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

NahantNative Oct 12, 2009 07:15 AM

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

  1. hotoynoodle Oct 12, 2009 07:25 AM

    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
      NahantNative Oct 12, 2009 07:38 AM

      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
        hotoynoodle Oct 12, 2009 08:30 AM

        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
          NahantNative Oct 12, 2009 08:52 AM

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

          1. re: NahantNative
            hotoynoodle Oct 12, 2009 08:56 AM

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

            1. re: hotoynoodle
              NahantNative Oct 12, 2009 08:58 AM

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

            2. re: NahantNative
              9lives Oct 12, 2009 02:52 PM

              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
              NahantNative Oct 12, 2009 01:47 PM

              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
              bizkat Oct 13, 2009 06:08 AM

              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
                NahantNative Oct 13, 2009 07:07 AM

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

                1. re: NahantNative
                  bizkat Oct 14, 2009 06:21 AM

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

                  1. re: bizkat
                    hotoynoodle Oct 14, 2009 06:39 AM

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

                    1. re: hotoynoodle
                      bizkat Jan 5, 2010 12:45 PM

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

                      1. re: bizkat
                        hotoynoodle Jan 7, 2010 10:10 AM

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

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            FeastNut2008 Oct 12, 2009 08:04 AM

            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
              three of us Oct 12, 2009 08:48 AM

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

            2. Ali G Oct 12, 2009 09:20 AM

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

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              1. re: Ali G
                itaunas Oct 12, 2009 09:43 AM

                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
                  Ali G Oct 12, 2009 10:33 AM

                  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
                    phatchris Oct 12, 2009 02:46 PM

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

                  2. re: itaunas
                    robertlf Jan 7, 2010 07:11 PM

                    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
                      phatchris Feb 5, 2014 07:10 AM

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

                2. p
                  phonelady Oct 13, 2009 05:04 AM

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

                  1. Gio Oct 13, 2009 06:18 AM

                    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.

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                      buffet king Oct 13, 2009 06:33 AM

                      For good scali bread outside of Boston, I would go to Italo's on Main Street in Medford or the Winter Hill Bakery on Broadway in Somerville.

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                      1. re: buffet king
                        itaunas Oct 14, 2009 06:29 AM

                        buffet king what do you like most at Italo's? I tried them a few times, but was a bit disappointed because they kept running out of things and I got some stale product -- mostly pastries, but at least one loaf of bread -- from them a couple of times (during the great flour price increase). So I have mostly stuck with La Cascia's which isn't my favorite, but was more consistent, maybe time to give them another shot. BTW, Winter Hill is probably the bakery I frequent most (still think that BobB should make a trip to give Portuguese rolls and bulkie a try), but for Scali I would tend to Patsy's on the other side of McGrath (I also like them for seeded buns). If you haven't tried them (or just for pastries), its worth a shot.

                        1. re: itaunas
                          buffet king Oct 14, 2009 07:27 AM

                          I go to Italo's for their scali, rolls and bread crumbs. I would not recommend buying their pastries or pizza. I like the scali and rolls at the Winter Hill Bakery. Winter Hill Bakery also has better square slices of pizza ($1.25) a slice than Italo's. Bocelli's in Medford also has square slices of pizza for $1.00 a slice. Sometimes the pizza slices at Bocelli's are very good and sometimes they are just okay. I also like the rolls at Bob's Food Store. The rolls at Bob's are very good and I use them to make a cold cut sandwiches. I asked the cashier at Bob's where do they get their rolls and she said a bakery in Someville. She didn't or wouldn't tell me which bakery. She did say that it wasn't LaRonga Bakery. I also buy pizza dough, sliced breads and rolls at LaRonga.

                          1. re: buffet king
                            Aromatherapy Oct 14, 2009 02:59 PM

                            Once I was in Bob's and the Italo truck was delivering rolls, for what that one observation is worth. Seems likely to me, I know Italo produces the longer braided seeded rolls Bob's uses for some of their large sizes, they're occasionally in the cases. Personally I'm a fan of the Portuguese and sandwich rolls at Italo (never buy scali anywhere, more an Iggy's/B&R/Clearflour fan for loaves). But I haven't done a direct comparison with Winter Hill/Italo/LaCascia; Italo is just the handiest and I'm happy enough.

                            1. re: buffet king
                              phonelady Jan 7, 2010 10:55 AM

                              2nd Winter Hill

                            2. re: itaunas
                              buffet king Oct 14, 2009 07:31 AM

                              I have been to Patsy's on Broadway in Somerville. Patsy's is known for their miniature Italian pastries.

                          2. rlh Jan 5, 2010 12:53 PM

                            The freshly-baked scali bread at the Sportello Bakery counter (and which they serve with dip during meal service) is the best I have had - the takeout sandwiches on it are amazing, too.

                            348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110

                            1. nsenada Jan 7, 2010 10:42 AM

                              They had a scali-like bread at Russo's a couple weeks ago, though it was a littler narrower than I'm used to. It made for an amazing garlic bread.

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                                catsmeow Jan 7, 2010 02:51 PM

                                Tutto Italiano has good scali.

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                                1. re: catsmeow
                                  southie_chick Jan 7, 2010 05:17 PM

                                  Guarino's in Norwood was a fave of my mom's-they make it right there so sometimes you have to wait for it to cool before they slice it for you. Great pastries too. For a more "Americanized" version, I've always had good luck with Roche Bros - they make a small loaf - which is good for 2 people - as well as a "full sized" loaf.

                                2. k
                                  Kwkaz Feb 2, 2014 06:26 PM

                                  La Cascias Bakery on
                                  418 Main Street, Medford MA 02155
                                  Have the best Scali bread 7 minutes near to Boston

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                                  1. re: Kwkaz
                                    maxevan Feb 4, 2014 02:28 PM

                                    it makes AWESOME toast

                                  2. opinionatedchef Feb 2, 2014 06:52 PM

                                    edit: o.k. i feel stupid again. this is a wicked old thread but i didn't notice that when i just posted. sorry.

                                    NN, this is funny. We went south to Southie to try a recommended burger last month and the one thing i thought was great about it- was the hamburger roll. Turns out it was made by a 'new' bakery, Piantedosi, and the web said they have a location in my own town, Winchester.( What a surprise. I obviously don't go out much in my own town.) Anyway, i think they will have what you are looking for, and a lot closer to Nahant than is the NEnd. They have a store in Malden too.


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                                    1. re: opinionatedchef
                                      macca Feb 4, 2014 07:47 AM

                                      Piantedosi's was always our go to place for bread, rolls, etc when we were having a crowd. I remember going there as a kid, getting bags of "spuckie" rolls, and a few baguettes to eat on the way home. Added bonus if they were still warm. I have company coming in this weekend, and they always want Italian subs- will have to swing by after I stock up on cold cts at Pace's.

                                    2. ipsofatso Feb 4, 2014 04:25 PM

                                      its a hike but Virgilio's in Gloucester

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