In and around Rochester, NY
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This listing is not intended to be definitive. These are bakeries
that I shop at because they have the best baked goods. If you know of
good bakeries that are not listed here, share your favorites with me.
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Other Bakery Reviews
My favorite bakeries
Brownsteins Deli & Bakery. 442-2770. 1862 Monroe
Ave, Rochester, NY 14618.
Yes it is possible to buy a good bagel in Rochester. If you have
ever had a real NYC bagel you probably won't like the bagels from super
markets, especially the airy light made daily poofs from
Wegmans. NYC bagel aficionados
like their bagels heavy and chewy and they like them fresh.
Brownsteins comes about as close as one can get to a real bagel this far
away from NYC. They come pretty close. All of the varieties
have the right flavors, mouth feel, chewyness, and solidity. While
you a there you may as well pick up some hand carved lox, cream cheese,
new pickles, a Dr.
Brown's soda (I like the Creme Soda), to go with your
New York Times. As a side
note, BJ's Wholesale Club has the best pricing on Lox.
Great Harvest Bread Company.
242-7544 Twelve Corners Plaza, Rochester, NY 14618.
Google Map. Also at 210 Park Avenue (Satellite)
Rochester, NY 14607.
Google Map. 697-0400.
The Great Harvest Bakeries in Rochester were previously Montana Mills
bakeries. For those of us who liked the Montana Mills bakeries we
are pleased to see that many of the original recipes are still being used.
Except for the name changes, the Twelve Corners location is almost
identical to the old Montana Mills.
I particularly enjoy the multigrain breads, such as Woodstock, with a
Martusciello Bakery. 247-0510. 2280 Lyell Avenue,
Rochester, NY 14606. Google
If you were visiting Italy and found a bakery as good as Martusciello's
you would feel as though the bakery itself was worth the trip. It
amazes me that the Wegman's supermarket across the street even
bothered to put in a bakery. I can't imagine a real Italian being
seen walking out of Wegmans with what Wegmans calls Italian bread when the
real thing is just across the street. Martusciello's is not perfect.
Their breads are not as dense as they should be, but they are very close
to perfection. While you are there, buy a slice of pizza or a sub to
take home. Experiment a little. Buy an extra loaf of a bread
you haven't tried before. The breads are inexpensive and a real
bargain considering their quality.
|Richport Pastries & Breads
"Our delicious pastries & breads are baked fresh daily. We use only the
finest quality ingredients to ensure that our baked goods are always of
the best possible flavor, texture & quality for our customers. Our
scrumptious breads and mouth watering pastries are hand kneaded and
skillfully baked to a golden perfection." Comment: Richport
Pastries & Breads is located in Rochester's Public Market.
Reader comment: "The baked goods there are really great. They
have the best Italian bread. It doesn't have a hard crust (which some
people love but I don't). I can't find another Italian bread that I like
as much. The Spanish baked goods are very different than anything found at
regular bakeries. I'm hooked on the pastries they call Quesitos. They have
authentic Mexican tacos there, as well." Susan D. 5/04.
The Ravioli Shop,
260 North Winton Road, Rochester, NY 14610. 585-288-6420.
The Ravioli Shop, known for incredibly
delicious ravioli is now branching out by selling breads and gourmet
pastries. Their sourdough bread now reigns as the best sourdough
bread available in the city. It is hearty, crusty, and just sour
enough. If you have purchased gourmet breads in Paris, France, you
will be reminded of them at the first taste of the Ravioli Shop's
sourdough bread. They also sell a wonderful baguette that will also
remind you of Paris. It has a wonderfully crisp crust and flavorful
interior just perfect for dipping in one of the Ravioli Shop's gourmet
olive oils or sopping up one of the Ravioli Shop's homemade sauces.
If you are a fan of flourless chocolate cakes, try the Ravioli Shop
rendition of this often poorly made delectable. Serve it at room
temperature or slightly warmed in a 200 degree or less oven. Do not
microwave it or you will end up with chocolate syrup. A little
whipped cream, not spray can topping, or a little premium vanilla ice
cream adds a delectable dimension to this fragile delicacy.
Break off a butter pat sized piece of the flourless chocolate cake, put
it in your mouth and close your eyes. Let the cake dissolve on your
tongue. You can forgive yourself the moans that may follow. If
you start thinking to yourself that this experience is almost as good as
sex, you are again forgiven. If someone asks for a bite, tell them
that the cake might be too rich for them. Enjoy it all yourself.
As with all of the Ravioli Shop's products, don't degrade them by
eating them with inferior foods. For example, unless you are near
death from an illness caused by cholesterol or excessive fat, don't eat
the Ravioli Shop breads with anything less than room temperature unsalted
butter, preferably imported.
Read more about the Ravioli shop on the pasta page.
Baker Street Bakery
"The only true Italian bread in Rochester is from Giuseppe's. They just
moved from Lyell rd. to a gorgeous shop in the old FWS plaza on
Spencerport rd. They don't have a sign yet due to construction in
the plaza, but they are right in the corner. I was a daily regular at
Veltre's and since they closed, Giuseppe's has been my daily bread stop.
This place puts the rest of Rochester's supposed bread companies to shame."
FWS Plaza, 40 Spencerport Road, Rochester, NY 14468. J.C. 11/04
I'd add Phillips European and Marcellos, Jacksons, and Wojtczak's
(pronounced Wo-jacks). Phillips isn't strictly a bakery, but they do
make some of the finest baked goods in town. Their Macaroons are the BEST!
Martusciello Bakery, IMO, is the BEST bread and roll bakery in town. They
supply Red Fedelles and several of the finer restaurants in town as well
as selling out of the Rochester Public Market. Don't know where the actual
bakery is. Jacksons (Greece) and Wojtczak (Hudson Ave) are the two
best bakeries for cakes, rolls, and general baked goods I know of. If you
need a wedding cake or 100 dinner rolls for a party, or hot cross buns, or
pretty much anything these are the places I go. (Anonymous)
Veltre & Sons Bakery. 26 Parkway, Rochester, NY 14608. (This
bakery is closed. See the explanation below)
Veltre & Sons Bakery makes real Italian bread in coal-fired brick
ovens. If you are a bread connoisseur, I have already said enough to make
your mouth water. Their bread is not that ultra-light synthetic foam sold
as bread in supermarkets. Veltre & Sons bread has a hard crust and texture
you can sink your teeth into. Ask if you can see the bread baking. If the
bakery counter isn't busy and you ask politely, the counter person may
take you in back to see bread baking in brick their brick ovens.
Finding Veltre & Sons Bakery is not easy. You could pass by their
bakery every day of your life and never notice it. They are on a side
street off of Lyell Ave., around the corner from Roncone's Italian
restaurant. When you turn north off of Lyle Ave. onto Parkway, you will
find them on the right (east) side of the street if you look carefully.
There is not much signage and the entrance is in the driveway of a little
If you have to drive back across town to your home, you had better buy
an extra loaf. A warm loaf of Veltre bread in a car has a very short life
expectancy. There's something about that yeasty scent wafting out of the
bread bag that is impossible to resist. If you are like me, you will want
to tear off an end and eat it as soon as you get into your car. By the
time you have stopped at several traffic lights that loaf may be gone. A
bag of crumbs and a good story will not satisfy your family or dinner
guests. If you can't get to this bakery before noon, call ahead and have a
loaf reserved for you.
Veltre & Sons Bakery is one of Rochester, NY's gems. It should be
made a historical and gastronomical treasure and protected forever. This
bakery is the kind of place that food writers drive hundreds of miles to
visit. Until they are discovered, let's keep this secret between just us.
Replies from the Veltre Family about the closing of
You might as well hear it from the horse’s mouth. My name is Dave Veltre, the owner
of Veltre Bakery. The coal
fired brick oven that once baked hundreds of crusty loaves of bread now
stands cold and silent. I
ended 70 years of family traditions in pursuit of a new career in law
enforcement. Last year I was
accepted into the Monroe County Deputy Sheriff Academy and had to make a
very difficult decision for my family and myself. The lure of a secure job,
benefits, and more time with my family outweighed the challenges of
running the bakery, so I retired from baking and turned to a life of
fighting crime. I miss the
customers, who made that special trip to my bakery and the families that
were our patrons for generations, but you can't buy time and the time I
spend now with my family is priceless.
The bakery and the attached house are for sale. They are priced very low. The bakery has been closed since
last year and the neighbors tell me that cars still pull in every day
looking for our legendary bread.
Feel free to contact me at 889- 9251.
Deputy David Veltre"
I am writing from Naples Florida
and just read your article on Veltre Baker -I am Anita Veltre...My
grandfather John started the bakery many many years ago and my father,
Sonny Veltre and brother David have run this great little family business
for many years (my Dad started working in the bakery at age 11 - he's 73
Yes, the bakery just recently
ended a long career of making people happy with the wonderful tastes of
Italian bread and pizza. This
ending is a sad part of our history, however after reading your article I
cannot tell you how wonderful I feel.
I cannot wait to tell my Dad and brother and I know my Grandma and
Grandpa are looking down smiling!
This was a very family business with aunts, uncles and
Your article warmed my heart and also made me homesick for that fresh loaf
of bread - never to be duplicated...
Thank you so much for this
article... I will share it
with the Veltre family.
Still more news about the Veltre bakery
An article in City Newspaper (email@example.com)
suggested that a local church may be purchasing the bakery. Let's
hope that they are successful.
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