Best Bay Area panettone
Honestly, I can't tell the difference between the $10 Whole Foods panettone and the $15 Fiasconaro one I bought at Berkeley Bowl. What am I not getting? Is the $30 loaf really all that much better? Are there any bakeries that make fresh panettone that blows the socks off store-bought, packaged ones?
I love panettone but am not sure what to expect apart from light, slightly buttery dough, plump raisins and soft peel. Would love to be enlightened...
Liguria Bakery (on Stockton Steet@/Washington Square in SF) makes its panettone at some point in December. You could give them a call to ask when they will be available.
Emporio Rulli in Larkspur also bakes its own panettone around this time of the year.
Personally, I am not a big panettone fan either, but either of the locally baked ones are worth a try.
I can't imagine what anyone could do to a panettone to make it worth $30.
Acme's is worth a dry. Sometimes it's a bit dry but if you toast it that doesn't matter.
Over the years I have tried several local panettones, including one from Bouchon Bakery. To be honest, any "high end" panettone imported from Italy is much better. A.G. Ferrari has always a good selection.