Well I guess I am the only one who knew about this craving except my family, but I have had an unsatisfied craving for Royal Crown Bakery's Chestnut Bread for about two years - last year, I just didnt hit them right to get it during the fall/winter season.
But today I scored 3 of these wonderful and interesting breads - really its more like a stone than a bread it weighs a ton. Each one was wrapped in a leaf. Beautiful and fragrant. a very primitive item, but far superior IMO to the numerous samples of castagnaccio we had in Tuscany on our last visit. Most reminiscent in its density and keeping powers to the panpepato, another antique bread, we had in Rome on the same visit. I have never been able to find a recipe for the chestnut bread anywhere (Carol Field has a recipe for the panpepato in her Celebrating Italy book), and would be interested if anyone could find one.
The chestnut bread is sold in the pastry shop (14th Ave nr 66th St.) rather than the bakery which is just a couple blocks down at 63rd St. You are more likely to get the pane antico at the pastry shop than the bakery too, if you are looking for some.
And while I am at it, their individual pizzas topped with fresh mozzarella, just a little tomato sauce and touched with good quality olive oil, are among the best in the city - even quite a while out of the oven they beat grimaldis all hollow.