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Redwood City – La Biscotteria – Cannoli, Chocolate figs, Saturday focaccia

rworange | Oct 5, 200512:27 AM

Everything was great, especially the biscotti. Even though they sell commercially, at farmers markets, to wineries and stores like Lunardi’s and Draegers, there are goodies at this little shop on El Camino Real that you won’t find elsewhere … especially on Saturday.

That is when they bake focaccia and cannoli and other goodies. Angela Festa who runs the three year old retail store, enthusiastically talks about what the store has to offer on Saturday morning. She says the front counter is filled with samples of all the baked goods and to arrive as early as possible because they sell out quickly.

If they are as good as the biscotti and pannetone, set an alarm clock and get to La Biscotteria.

While I’ve seen the packages from this bakery, today was my first taste. In addition to the biscotti, the shop has glass jars in front that have mini 3 inch versions of biscotti, rosemary crisps, amoretti and chocolate covered figs. The plan was to snack on one or two with a cup of Blue Bottle cappuccino when I got to San Francisco.

I sampled the lovely amoretti that was light as air, then nibbled on a biscotti, somewhere around San Bruno the cookies were gone and I was considering turning around and buying more.

I don’t know what the biscotti sold in the markets are like, but fresh baked that day, they were delightful, crunchy but not so hard to break a tooth as some biscotti are. The moist, tiny dried figs were covered with semi sweet dark chocolate. There were savory cracker crisps flavored with rosemary. My favorite biscotti were the anise and lemon. They even had mini pannetone which were a nice sweet bread version dotted with dark and white raisins.

I’m not sure who Angela is, but she has a great enthusiasm for the shop and is coaxing baker Augustine Buonocore to expand his repertoire. When the business started, he baked cheesecakes, but when the biscotti business took off, there wasn’t the capacity to make the cakes and they were discontinued. They are available on request. There are also the new amoretti kisses, a sandwich of two cookies with chocolate filling.

Link: http://labiscotteria.com/company.php

Image: http://labiscotteria.com/assets/augus...

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