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  1. Depends on what your looking for, bread, pastry, donuts etc.

    Bread I would say Calandera's.

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    1. re: jrvedivici

      Depends on what your looking for, bread, pastry, donuts etc.....

      ***** I agree with this...however,

      Bread I would say Calandera's....

      ***** But not so much with this....I like their long loaves fresh out of the oven, but when they sit, not so much.

      1. re: fourunder

        Would you agree with this;
        Living in Monmouth County 8/10 hour old Calandera's sitting in a basket at the deli counter of Acme is still the best bread we can get?

        1. re: jrvedivici

          I guess as a matter by default, I would have to agree. I do not know specifically of any particular Northern New Jersey Italian Bread Bakers that deliver to stores in Monmouth....but I can tell you Joe Leone's Bakery is not exceptional....We may have hashed this out before in general about his bread and Italian food., i.e., I'm not a fan.

          I don't know if Valente Bakery out of Fairview makes it down your way, but it's sold in ShopRite and Kings up here. His long loaves are good and you can also get Prosciutto Bread. His Panella Rounds are particularly very good, and you can keep the bread on the kitchen counter for a few days and it will stay soft without any preservatives.. He bakes his bread in a real Coal Fired Oven and has won the award for the best Italian bread in NJ from NJ Monthly in the past.

          Finally, with regards again to Calandra's bread....when revived in the oven, it is good....arguably the best Italian restaurant here in Northern New Jersey uses it for his tables.

          1. re: fourunder

            Oh come on Fourunder you think I'm going to let you get away with "arguable the best Italian restaurant here in N. NJ uses it for his tables" and NOT call you out on which restaurant that is? What are you writing cliff hanger posts now? LOL

            Good Prosciutto bread or lard bread as we call it is very difficult to find outside of Brooklyn in my opinion. When we go to visit family (both living and past) a stop to some of the Brooklyn bakeries is always required.

              1. re: jrvedivici

                Do you like Parmigiano Reggiano in your meat/lard bread?

                I agree that good bread is hard to find.....and Arthur Avenue is overated in general, but they do have some nice bakeries up there as well.. Unfortunately, Brooklyn is foreign territory to me.

                1. re: fourunder

                  Being as I've never baked a lard bread I can't tell you for sure what they have in them. Several that I have had over the years has had a cheese baked either in or on top of the bread. However could I tell you spot on it was Parmigiano Reggiano no I couldn't. I could tell you though I will take pinches of Parmigiano Reggiano from my fridge and just let it melt on my tongue! So I guess I could answer yes I do like that!

                  1. re: jrvedivici

                    Just a thought....out of the New Brunswick/Plainfield area there's a family of five brother's who each opened their own bakeries many years ago. One of the brothers started Johnson Avenue Bakery...and I thought their bread was exceptional. If you ever see it, I suggest you give it a try..

                    Also, a little story about the family....the Matriarch did not trust banks due to the Depression instead, she literally stuffed her mattress with 100 dollar bills.....and about 15-20 years ago was robbed of her stash.. I believe the robbers were caught and the estimated take was well over a million dollars......when the loot was recovered, there were 1930 series one hundred dollar bills.....the story brings real meaning to *dough*.


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          1. re: drsteve252

            A few suggestions:
            -In Lyndhurst, just blocks from each other on Ridge Road, there's the Lyndhurst Bake Shop (my go-to for biscotti and cannoli, and they'll gladly give you the cream in a pint or quart if you're not going right home to eat the cannoli) and Mazur's bakery (my pref for cakes)

            -In Nutley there's the Aromi Di Napoli bakery, which I think has some seriously spectacular desserts! It's next door to Queen Margherita Trattoria, so you could have lunch AND get your pastry fix... They're at 246 Washington Ave. in

            -Finally, I haven't been there yet, but my guess is that this thread might be of interest:


            1. re: Curlz


              Does Lyndhurst Bake Shop sell Italian Ices through the winter?

              1. re: fourunder

                Don't get me started on Gino's Italian ices as a kid. Every pizzeria served Gino's ices when I was a kid!

                1. re: fourunder

                  I'm pretty sure they do...but only on the inside. In the warmer months, you can only get them at the outside window!

            2. A brand new Italian pastry shop/cafe called Palazzone 1960 just opened up in Wayne, and they are incredible. Reasonable prices too:


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              1. re: zhelder

                Zhelder, click on the last link in my previous post. :-)

                1. re: Curlz

                  Curlz... click on the first link in my previous post. :-)

                  1. re: Curlz

                    I stopped in Palazzone tonight on the way home for some mini cannolis and cookies. This is a good bakery! Go now! The only downside is the location, if you don't know the area. You come around the bend on Rt. 23, and BOOM!, there it is.

                    1. re: jethro

                      hush - stop telling people what a FIND this bakery is - :) :)

                2. Nicola's in Montclair has the best bread. Calandra's is certianly is close. As far as pasties I like Gencarelli's in Bloomfiled and Calandra's.