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groundcontrol3 Jan 7, 2011 08:28 AM

Wondering if there is an Italian Bakery around Richmond, VA

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    AMFM Jan 10, 2011 04:46 PM

    don't know what you are looking for, but deluca gelato - which is AMAZING if you haven't had it - has a few italian bakery items. will think about anywhere else.

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      szkochop Jan 11, 2011 12:42 PM

      8 1/2 on Strawberry Street has topnotch cannolis, and great little cookies of layered dough over a ricotta center, as well as some dandy small loaves. Richmond is not a great bakery town, by any measure

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        hopkid Jan 14, 2011 12:30 PM

        I believe the "cookies" referred to are sfogiatelle. 8-1/2 also has great small loaves/rolls that they use for their sandwiches but also sell individually. They will also sometimes have a ricotta cake. I've had their lemon and orange versions. The lemon was heavenly and I bug them all the time to prepare it to no avail.

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          BostonCharles Jan 16, 2011 07:40 PM

          The sfogliatelle at 8.5 are some of the best I've ever had - in keeping with their general food quality, which is superb.

          They are consistently vaguely grumpy for some reason though. no matter - it's takeout. And some of the best I've ever had.

          But there's a NON lemon ricotta pie version? How weird. I've had ten million variations on lemon, but never orange.

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            hopkid Jan 25, 2011 12:38 PM

            Well I've only seen the orange ricotta cake there once. I'm guessing you simply use OJ and orange zest in place of the lemon equivalents.

            While not overly friendly, I've always had pleasant service there. There is a bit of Millenial angst but that's pretty prevalent in the Fan. ; )

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              BostonCharles Feb 9, 2011 08:35 PM

              oh sure, I've no complaints about the service - nothing's ever "wrong", but they may well be the most resolutely not friendly place in richmond (as distinct from un-friendly).

              Though I could see how you could make an Orange ricotta pie, coming out of northeast italian culture its just weird.

              Don't get me wrong - 8.5 is one of the best takeout places I've ever come across, anywhere in the world. I get food from there constantly

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