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Jul 21, 2011 04:25 AM

Italian Bread in Newark area.

We are going to Newark Airport to pick up friends. We are coming back to our house in Morristown for lunch and would like to get some very nice Italian bread to accompany the food.

Being an Essex County transplant, I voted for a detour to Gina's in Montclair, but it's a bit out of the way. Are there any good bakeries left in Newark? We could also go through Orange. Are there any good ones there?

Morristown area feels like a wasteland for Italian bakeries. Does anyone know of any places in that area? How about Sorrento's in East Hanover?

Thanks for sharing.

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  1. Calandra's Bakery (also on Rt 46 in Fairfield)
    204 First Avenue
    Newark, NJ

    Nicolo's Italian Bakery
    6 Baldwin St
    Montclair, NJ

    Anthony & Sons Bakery
    20 Luger Rd
    Denville, NJ

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    1. re: MRG58

      Thanks, MrG58.

      Do you prefer Nicolo's over Gina's? I know Gina's has changed owners from the original, but I still find the bread to be the best in Montclair.

      I wanted to throw another name out there. Anyone been to Natale's in Summit?

      1. re: Marie07960

        Gina's & Nicolo's are both great for different reasons. Nicolo's is more of a classic italian bakery.

        That being said, Nicolo's is going to be just about as out of the way as Gina's. Calandra's might be a better bet, but even that is sort of in the wrong direction.

        Nicolo's Italian Bakery & Deli
        6 Baldwin St, Montclair, NJ 07042

    2. I think Nicola's is the best in the area.

      Calandra's in Caldwell a distant second.

      1. Orange Sanitary on Essex Ave, right off 280. Not that well-known anymore, but still very good.

        The only place I ever knew in Mo-Town for Italian bread was Verilli's. Rough area, good bread.
        Pretty sure it's still there.

        Both Sorrento's and Natale's are excellent choices.

        1. For me and I lived in Newark years ago also for me my choice for Italian Breads is...
          Paramount Bakery

          61 Davenport Ave
          Newark, NJ 07107
          (973) 482-6638

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          1. re: Tapas52

            We stoppped at Natale's in Summit. The bread was okay but not great. I was really looking for something that was slow rise with occasional large holes and lots of flavor. This is why, although I like Nicola's, I prefer Gina's. At Natale's, I bought a twist with seeds and a boule. Maybe some of the other options are better.
            On the other hand and totally out of the area, we took a drive out to Milford to visit and tour Bobolink. We specifically wanted to buy their cheeses, but the breads turned out by their bakehouse are pretty special, too.