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Carlo's/Cakeboss

I have currently lived in Hoboken for 15 Years; born and raised in Jersey City. My family has lived in Hoboken since 1910 or so. We have gone to Carlo's for as long as I can remember (I am 49 this month). All I can say is "What the...???" Lines down the block? People taking pictures outside? That hideous show? It saddens me.

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  1. He should enjoy it while he can, cause all it is doing is ticking off the people that supported him that don't want to wait in line. As soon as the show is off the air, he better hope the regular guys return. Lord knows I haven't been since people started lining up. And his prices were through the roof anyway, so I can only imagine now.

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    1. re: roro1831

      Agreed. I just don't see the regulars who have gone to Carlo's for years showing up on a Saturday or Sunday to get some pastries to bring to Nonna's house and waiting in those kinds of lines. I know I won't. And when the dust settles (and you know it will) where will those regulars be? Gone on to other bakeries and nowhere in sight.

    2. I don't like Carlos - I seriously think their stuff is average at best, but for convenience sake I went there the night before Thanksgiving. Whoa!
      What a scene! It was mobbed of course, but it seemed everyone in there was a tourist....everyone had their cameras out and were taking pictures of everything - including the staff!! Yikes! WHY?????????
      Are people so celebrity crazy?? Wow. Very strange.

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      1. re: NellyNel

        I confess... I was one of "those people" last weekend. I love the show and wanted to see what the fuss was about. Normally I would run from a place like this, screaming all the way. But this time I didn't.
        The cannoli were very fresh and not too sweet. The chocolate mousse cake was exceptionally fresh. I got the last square of crumb cake (thereby eliminating the 1/2 hour wait for the next batch) and found it to be quite delicious. Would I wait an hour for this stuff again? Probably not. But with all the crowds and hubbub, they still manage to put out a good product.
        And I got a pic with Mauro, too (he's my favorite)

        1. re: iluvcookies

          Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh! (runs screaming from the computer with hands covering ears)

          But seriously, if you think the quality is good now, you should have had the stuff from this bakery 10 or more years ago. I still cannot believe the lines to get into a place I once complained about waiting 5 minutes in line for. Oh well.

      2. I was flabbergasted when I saw this show (it came on after my MIL's then-favorite Jon and Kate) - worked in Hoboken for 10 years and patronized the bakery as little as possible. Have never thought the wedding cakes in the windows were attractive. They are scraping the bottom of the barrel for show ideas if this is the best they can come up with. And to think people are mobbing the joint - no accounting for taste...

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        1. re: buttertart

          I think I have been in the place twice, I have had some of his stuff at some parties at friends houses. The cannoli cake is pretty good, but for the price no way. When I got married my wife surprised me with a groom's cake. She said she went to Carlo's to price it out and was quoted something like $600. We ended up getting it elsewhere for $250. The guy is out of his mind.

          1. re: buttertart

            Unfortunately, I think what people like about the show is the Soparano's-like portrayal of the Italian-American family Buddy and his famiglia convey. If Buddy Sr. only knew what his son has done with this once-amazing bakery, he would be rolling...well, you know.

            1. re: ttoommyy

              I agree about the family portrayal - I remember Buddy Sr., he was a classy guy. The baked goods were better under his control. Was just past Carlo's last Friday (at 9 am the line was to the door, but they were always pretty busy in the am), the wedding cakes in the window are as dowdy as ever.

            2. re: buttertart

              Went to a wedding a couple of years ago (way before his FN win) where the wedding cake came from Carlo's (W98 on his display pages if you're interested in what it looked like). It was all show and no substance. Dry devil's food cake wrapped in tasteless, gluey fondant. The cost was low four-figures. For an inedible wedding cake. Ugh.

            3. I have seen him on some of the Food Network challenges - and he does some "pretty" cakes I must say...but the taste is what matters to me - and - meh!!

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              1. re: NellyNel

                The quality of the product used to be exceptional. In the last 10 years or so...like you said...meh. That said, the cakes that they show on TV are quite nice...much better than The Ace of Cakes. Buddy has some very talented artists working for him. The sculpted pieces, the flowers, etc. are very good quality.

              2. I work in Jersey City, and went and bought their famous crumb cake to a friend's house last labor day, because they were the only bakery I know of close to where I work. There were no lines and to tell you the truth, the cake wasn't that spectacular.

                I did think it was funny, there were no cameras in sight, but one of the women there was bragging about how she spent $5000 at the Gap, and showed her co-worker the size of the bill.

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                1. re: MrsT

                  I am not surprised that you were'nt impressed....thier stuff so very average....

                  $5000 at Gap???
                  GEEZ!

                  1. re: NellyNel

                    Twere ever thus...I remember conversations like this between the ladies behind the counter in the 90's.

                  2. re: MrsT

                    The line phenomena was really not in place last Labor Day. For the last few months though, it has gotten absolutely ridiculous. They've even set up barricades with police tape outside on some days.

                    Like lemmings to the sea...

                    1. re: MrsT

                      I meant to attach this with my past post.