Hi, all, I've been lurking on this board and enjoying, thanks. I'm rcently back on the north shore after 25 years in the glorious "gourmet ghetto" of Oakland / Berkeley, and LOOKING FOR FOOD! (especially cheap & good; fancy & expensive is not my style)
I wanted to let north shore foodies know about a place I stumbled upon:
Biscotti Cucina is a lovely little place in Salem. It's at 231 Washington St. in an obscure little strip mall across the circle from the Post Office. The very friendly owner & chef, Ann(e?) claims 40 kinds of biscotti. I've had many kind of her biscotti, and also had some very nice Italian dessert pastries and good (& inexpensive) bread (ciabatta and a few others). She does lunches and catering, but I haven't tried those. You can also order pans of Eggplant Parm, Ziti etc. to go (with advance notice: 978-744-0950); again, I haven't tried that yet.
Ann is a former social worker who hires and interns variously (dis)abled folks to work in the bakery. Do good while eating well!! She closes fairly early (4:30- 6, depending on the day)so check before going.