Have you ever lined up for bread at 5 am on Thanksgiving morning? It’s an annual occurrence at BUONO’S ITALIAN BAKERY and with damn good reason. Beneath the Neapolitan awning awaits a storefront window piled high with hearty Sicilian loaves begging for a pat of butter or a dip in mom’s marinara — and they go fast. The football and finger rolls also benefit from hands-on, Old World methods, producing a crunchy exterior that gives way to a pillow-soft center. More than 30 cake and pastry variations are whipped up on-site, from lemon squares and éclairs to Italian delights such as sfogliatelle, stollen, and zeppoles. Proclaiming the best Italian bread around these parts takes a sturdy set of cajones, but there’s no denying that Buono’s Bakery flirts with perfection six days a week (closed Mondays).
Bouno's Italian Bakery | 559 Hartford Avenue, Providence | 401.421-4554 | buonosbakery.com