I've been so busy these days I haven't had a chance to share my latest 'discovery' in my new home of Lynn. This little place looks like nothing from the outside, but man, what a loaf of bread they bake. I found it when I read this Globe article about food places in Lynn (it's from 2003, so some of the info is out of date): http://www.boston.com/travel/ifyougo/...
Ciabatta makes, (you guessed it) ciabatta loaves, lovely, crusty and chewy loaves that are, I am convinced, straight from heaven. I got there at 9:45 am the last time, and had to wait til a little past 10 for my hot, right-out-of-the-oven loaf. For $2.50 you get a huge loaf. I also bought bread dough for pizza (it was terrific, btw). Ironically, we've been making trips to Everett (Regina Foods on Main Street - which is a great little Italian store) to get these very loaves (along with the Lavazza coffee beans we can't do without).
Ciabatta Bakery: 418 Washington St., 781-595-4226, a couple doors down from what used to be the original Anthony's Hawthorne (now closed), and next to a news stand. They are mostly a wholesale place (go in back where they bake, if no one is out front) that sells retail, too.
Just follow your nose - you can smell the fresh baked bread down the street. I don't know the hours, so if you're coming a distance, be sure to call them to make sure they are open. Not sure about Saturdays, closed on Sundays.