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Ciao, Hounds,

Top of the morning.

My two Italian step-children are demanding panettone for Christmas. They are very demanding.

They claim that they had freshly-baked panettone recently at a friends, but I have my doubts.

Any recommendations for panettone, either fresh or packaged?

Thank you,

Sean

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  1. There are several packaged choices at DiPalos and a few at Buon Italia. I suspect that Eataly also has several. Rocco's on Bleecker Street makes their own fresh in several styles, and I enjoy them.

    The mailorder place Gustiamo.com in the Bronx brings some high end Panettone in by plane, and you pay accordingly.

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    Buon Italia
    75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    Eataly
    200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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    1. re: DavyTheFatBoy

      Gustiamo does have exceptional Panettone; they are on West Farms Road in the Bronx.

      1. re: DavyTheFatBoy

        Do they make pandoro too? I've been looking for a pandoro.

        1. re: DavyTheFatBoy

          "I suspect that Eataly also has several."

          Just for the record, my partner surprised me with a panettone from Eataly last night. It was one of their cheaper ones ($24!), but it is delicious. All of their panettone are made by Italian companies for sale at Eataly NYC.

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          Eataly
          200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

          1. re: ttoommyy

            Did it come in a prepackaged box? BTW, $24!!

            1. re: funniduck

              It was wrapped in Eataly wrapping paper and had a brown, satiny-like ribbon around it. Inside, it was in a plastic bag with a twist tie. Yeah, $24 is extreme, but it's Christmas and my partner was feeling the season!

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              Eataly
              200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

          2. re: DavyTheFatBoy

            The panettone at Di Palo is sickeningly sweet. They used to carry this artisanal brand of panettone that was the ultimate cross between brioche and cake. In the last 3 years they switched to Albertengo which I find absolutely disgusting.

          3. I believe Grandaisy bakery in SoHo makes fresh panettone.

            http://www.grandaisybakery.com/order-...

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            1. re: ttoommyy

              Seconding the recommendation for Grandaisy (or the one at Sullivan Street bakery -- same recipe I think). It is delish.

              1. re: Oliverstreet

                The one I was thinking of is on Sullivan Street; thanks for reminding me, Oliverstreet. :)

              2. re: ttoommyy

                Grandaisy makes their own fresh, and I've seen them sell it by the slice at West Broadway. Their version is a lot less dense then many of the packaged ones. Ripping a piece off, it could pass for a few different breads or pastries other than Panettone.

                1. re: sugartoof

                  I remember buying a panetone from Grandaisy a couple of years ago and liking it.

                  The one my partner bought at Eataly (mentioned above) is light in texture and not too sweet. It definitely has a bread/brioche feel to it. It is lovely. Wish I hadn't thrown out the packaging or I could tell you which Italian baker it came from.

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                  Eataly
                  200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

                  1. re: sugartoof

                    Sullivan St. does same as Grandaisy

                2. Piccolo Cafe has it

                  1. There was a sampling at Costco a couple of weeks ago of the Bauli pre-packaged, which were fine but underwhelming - except for their profiterole variety which is enrobed in chocolate and is fantastic if you can find it (that was the only one that sold out - we bought the last 3).

                    1. Eataly currently has a closeout special on their Panettone if anyone still wants it as of late-January. 3 for the price of 1, or just half off for 1. The samples were pretty custardy to the taste, and less like the more brioche like texture of Grandaisy.

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                      Eataly
                      200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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                      1. re: sugartoof

                        Wow, thanks. I was just thinking the other day how nice it was to have Panettone over the holidays. Maybe it's time to buy another one -- just to help chase away the Winter Blues. Do you remember the price range, even roughly. An earlier post said $24 was one of the cheaper ones! If it's too pricey I'm not sure I'll bother

                        1. re: uwsgrazer

                          I'm hazy on the exact pricing, but they were like $15 or 3 for $24. I might be mixing something up there, but either way, they reduced them with some type of deal!

                          1. re: sugartoof

                            Thanks. I'll be in the neighborhood (kind of) later this week and may just have to pop in ...

                      2. Any updates on where to get fresh panettone? Is the panettone at Rocco's or Gustiamo like Grandaisys? I like a moist, denser than brioche style.

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                        1. re: GoodGravy

                          DiPalo used to have an amazing moscato pannetone from a small artisanal family, but they stopped buying from them years ago, and replaced them with this commercial, sickly sweet, glazed moscato pannetone. Try Sullivan Street Bakery, they had pannettone last year.

                          1. re: GoodGravy

                            Not sure if it's mentioned previously in the thread, but Eataly always has a good assortment of good quality difficult to find panettone imports. Not cheap though.

                            1. re: sugartoof

                              What's the general consensus choosing between local bakery made and imported panettone? Is the taste and quality better one way over the other?

                              1. re: GoodGravy

                                I don't think there is a consensus at all. It's not easy to find a fresh one that tastes like panettone as opposed to just brioche, and it's also hard to find some of the more special imported packaged ones. Some of those packaged ones are really interesting, custardy, and have fillings you don't see everywhere. In theory, a fresh one should be better, but the best I've had was over mail order, or from Eataly, which usually has samples out.

                                1. re: GoodGravy

                                  My personal feeling is that all panettone tastes better sliced and lightly toasted, so age doesn't matter but the quality of ingredients really matters, and a quality panettone can be quite expensive.

                                  I live in Italy and I am not sure I have ever tasted "fresh" panettone. It is customary to eat it on Dec 26th, which pretty much precludes getting it "fresh". Also, although it is quite popular in much of Italy, most local bakeries don't make it at all and plenty of people feel a panettone from somewhere near Milan is bound to be better, especially if it is from a high-end famous bakery (although most people just pick up a cheap commercial boxed brand from the supermarket).

                                  The local Christmas cake where I live is a Genovese pan dolce, the antique version of which is not a huge yeasty cupcake, but is an extremely dense dome and nothing like a brioche. (The modern recipe has yeast but is still nowhere near the puffed up heights of a Milanese panettone.) I used to be able to find a scone-like mini-version of the antique Genovese recipe (pandolcini) made by the Italian company Grondona at Milano Market on Broadway near Colombia University. Don't know if Eataly carries any Grondona Genovese pan dolce or pandolcini but the antique recipe is tasty if you can find it. You might prefer it to airy panettone provided you like the background flavors of fennel and pine nuts.

                                  1. re: GoodGravy

                                    PS: I just noticed that Antica Bottega del Vino in midtown is selling panettone imported from Milan and pan d'oro (a very buttery-eggy leavened Veronese christmas cake which has no candied fruit or nuts). They also appear to sell their breads by the slice or in mini-versions. You can see pictures and prices in this gallery:

                                    http://www.bottegadelvinonyc.com/gall...

                                    1. re: barberinibee

                                      Thanks! Your posts were informative. I'll keep my eye out at the store for the other Christmas cakes you mentioned.

                                2. re: GoodGravy

                                  Have you checked out Sant'Ambroeus? They make some of the best panettone in Milan which they ship to NYC (they have two branches in Manhattan). You can see pictures here (and maybe you can buy a slice in one of their NYC cafes and see if you like it before you pay the +$30 it costs).

                                  http://www.santambroeus.com/holiday_i...

                                3. I came back from Brazil this past week and b[r]ought home two panettones from Kopenhagen. I bought the "frutas cristilizadas" and "chocolate mousse."

                                  Both are excellent.