Visited two newish bakeries last week, Criollo and Di Prima Dolci. Criollo is actually owned by an eGulleter. You can read her blog here:
I have pics here:
It's a nice store. And for a techie like me, it's especially nice because the coffee shop right next door has wi-fi.
The pastries are better than the breads, from what I tasted. The sourdough is a bit sour and the crumb is a bit dense. But the pastries are excellent. They're not only beautiful, but quite tasty. Florentines are one of my favorites, and I had a very good candied orange florentine. All the other things I bought were good, too. It's over on NE Freemont and definitely worth dropping by.
Di Prima Dolci is an Italian bakery on N Killingsworth (that's N, not NE). Italian bakery items always look unappetizing to me. Maybe it's that I associate them with the versions you get from mediocre gourmet stores. But these are really good. The pignoli, eg, were amazingly delicate and light and yet still kind of rich. The cannoli (though a little spendy), had nice flavor and good texture contrast. The biscotti are crunchy, but not jawbreakingly hard.
They also do breads -- and pizzas on the weekend. The owner is supremely nice. You can tell she cares about the food she makes. And you can watch her making it.
Here are the pics:
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