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Perugia, Italy - London (Portuguese pastry, bread...)

Peter Rossi | Dec 8, 2003 11:54 AM

Does anyone have recommendations, especially local specialities, markets and shops, for Perugia, Italy and/or towns nearby? I am off there for a few months early next year.

In the spirit of reciprocity, can I recommend the following in London, even though they have been mentioned before:

Bread
Paul - (especially the fougasse and baguettes)
Poilane - the sourdough and shortbread biscuits
St John's - best bread I have found in London. Sourdough is nearly as good as Poilane and the brown and rye are better. Proper eccles cakes and, hopefully, proper mincepies for Christmas.
de Gustibus - good sourdough

Chocolate
Artisan du Chocolat (salted caramels and flavoured ganaches) followed by Roccoco and Chocolate Society for plain bars, especially the 99% cocoa at Roccoco.

Pastry
Excellent Portuguese pastries in NW/W London, especially the small custard tarts.
Lisboa Patisserie 57 Goldbourne Road 020 8968 5242
The almond croissant at the bread stall at Borough Market (I think it is flour power.

Books
Gordon Ramsay's new one, Secrets is v good. I got it for £12.98 at Tesco (hardcover).
John Burton-Race's French Leave is a good read.

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