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BEST Bread Bakery

2014 BEST Bread Bakery

Bricco Panetteria

Boston

The rustic mite loaves and prosciutto-and-Parmesan-studded ciabattas at this North End bakery, located down an alley off Hanover Street, are a reminder that bread-baking is not only a precise science, but also an art form. Across from the bakery you’ll… read more»

2013 BEST Bread Bakery
Photo by Jesse Burke

Bricco Panetteria

Boston

Start by following the simple sign pointing down a back alley off Hanover Street, then let your nose take you the rest of the way. Bricco Panetteria is where many of the Italian loaves served in local restaurants are made,… read more»

2012 BEST Bread Bakery

Clear Flour Bread

Brookline

Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood just out of earshot of busy Comm. Ave., this Paris-by-way-of-Brookline bread haven satisfies locals with oven-fresh goods like pain au chocolat, garlic-black sesame breadsticks, hearty multigrain loaves, and fluffy brioche. Get there by 10:30… read more»

2011 BEST Bread Bakery

Clear Flour Bread

Brookline

This tiny, nestled-away Brookline bakery may not have prime real estate, but it’s easy to find. Just follow the intoxicating aroma of fresh, crusty baguettes down Comm. Ave., turn left at the sweet, wafting scent of brioche, and stop when… read more»

2009 BEST Bread Bakery

Clear Flour Bread

Brookline

Flour, water, yeast, salt. Four lowlier ingredients are hard to imagine—as are the heights to which they can rise in the hands of master bakers like Clear Flour’s husband-and-wife owners, Abe Faber and Christy Timon. Now in its third decade,… read more»

2008 BEST Bread Bakery

B & R Artisan Bread

Framingham

Seeing as how first impressions are everything, a restaurant’s bread-basket is serious business. Boston’s finest eateries, including T. W. Food and Troquet, order their loaves from Sel de la Terre alum Michael Rhoads, who bakes crisp baguettes, hulking sourdoughs, and… read more»

2008 BEST Bread Bakery

B&R Artisan Bread

Framingham

Seeing as how first impressions are everything, a restaurant’s bread-basket is serious business. Boston’s finest eateries, including T. W. Food and Troquet, order their loaves from Sel de la Terre alum Michael Rhoads, who bakes crisp baguettes, hulking sourdoughs, and… read more»

2007 BEST Bread Bakery

Clear Flour Bread

Brookline

No time to backpack the Continent? Load up on Clear Flour’s peerless European-style breads, such as Italian fougasse and burly German rye, and you may just find use for that trusty rucksack after all. read more»

2005 BEST Bread Bakery

Sel de la Terre

Boston

We love the hint of sweetness in the fig-and-anise loaf at Sel de la Terre, and covet the bakery’s chewy sourdough. But one bite of the buttery brioche at this boulangerie makes us feel we’ve died and gone to heaven. read more»

2004 BEST Bread Bakery

Bread & Butter Baking Co.

Jamaica Plain

The golden glow, faintly sweet aroma, and heavenly texture of the freshly baked loaves at this cute shop in a still-grungy stretch of J.P. could make even the most ardent Atkins disciples recognize the folly of their ways. Along with… read more»