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Are there any bakeries producing pannetone in San Francisco? I love this lighter alternative to fruit cake.

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  1. I don't know about in the city, but Emporio Rulli in Larkspur does a couple different types. They're beautiful!

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    1. re: smoothiemaster

      Emporio Rulli on Chestnut in SF has them as well. LInguira Bakery has a simple version, but it might be too late.You might check Donato Bakery, but I haven't tried that one yet.

    2. Emporio Rulli's are delicious, beautiful, and quite expensive. On Sunday I left one panettone in the case at Liguria, probably gone by now. I noticed that Italian French Baking had a larger size of panettone round for $10, but I didn't buy any and haven't tasted them. In the past, Eastern Bakery in Chinatown baked panettone, but I've not tried those either and don't know if it still makes them.

      Italian French Baking Co
      1501 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

      Emporio Rulli Gran Caffe
      2300 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

      1. Thorough Bread on Church @ Market has excellent panettones -- would call and check as they make a fairly limited supply.

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        1. re: zachschef

          I just saw many on hand at Thorough Bread, in two different sizes.

        2. I believe Acme makes them. I'd try calling the Ferry Plaza store.


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            1. re: fishhead

              Acme is more of a nice raisin bread in sort of pannetone form. They make it all year.

            2. Dianda's on Mission, between 24th and 25th, appears to bake their own. I've never had it, but their other traditional pastries/cakes are fabulous.


              2883 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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              1. re: afdawson

                Dianda's is GREAT! I live around the corner and we get 2-3 Pannetone every year, you can order ahead or plan on getting it earlier than later because there can be quite a line and they get sold out.

                2883 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

              2. I realize it is not quite the same thing, but I did notice that Trader Joe's is selling what they call a pannetone bread. It might be very suitable for French toast.

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                1. re: DavidT

                  TJ's version is cheaper than ER's, but it's very airy and holey, and will not survive the egg dunk for French toast.

                2. Reviving the OP's question because it's truly my favorite November treat. Looks like Emporio Rulli is closed, too or is only in the North Bay now?

                  Anyone have suggestions for other stores or bakeries to buy good pannetone? East Bay and SF non-North Beach options would be great. (Can't deal with the horrible parking over there.)

                  I wouldn't say my standards are low, but my experience with pannetone has been limited to store-bought versions from Whole Foods and AJ Ferrari. I've love to try the range of whatever's considered good pannetone.

                  Emporio Rulli
                  464 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, CA

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                  1. re: bgbc

                    The Chestnut Street location of Rulli closed over a year ago. Is the Union Square location closed as well?

                    Off the top of my head, go to The Pasta Shop in Berkeley and Oakland. They import some pretty great, if pricy pannetone.

                    1. re: rworange

                      According to their website, the Union Square shop is still open. On Gene Burns' show I heard about a specialty pannetone they are making for Autumn - it's $37.00!!!


                      Emporio Rulli Union Square
                      333 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94108

                      1. re: RWCFoodie

                        Yeah, that's about what you will pay for a good imported pannetone at Pasta Shop. At least Rulli is freshly made.

                        I forgot, but looking at a list of Christmas desserts, Thourough Bread and Pastry makes pannetone but I don't remember if I tried it or not.

                        Linguria makes pannetone every year. It's not what I consider a true pannetone, but it is a pleasant enough bread, inexpensive at about $5 and IMO worth trying given the value.

                        You might ask at Caffe BaoNecci / Danilo Bakery on Green St in North Beach if they are making pannetone. I like their breads a lot. I've read that they are focusing more on the Cafe than the bakery lately, so don't know how much bread they currently are producing

                        1. re: rworange

                          This is great, thanks everyone. From the photos on Rulli's site it seems I've only ever tried versions of the pannetone milanese. But the pannetone genovese looks interesting too.

                          rworange, what is it about the Liguria (? not Linguria? -- I'm not familiar with this place) bread that stops it being a true pannetone? No fruit?

                          This conversation reminds me of the huge range of Stollen, too. I got hooked on the dense, vegetable fat-laden store-bought Stollen before realizing there's freshly made stuff that's lighter and not as sweet.