Originally posted by tacchino
Originally posted by Scorereader
now I go to Wegman's in Fairfax and Sterling, VA.
But I grew in Syracuse and the Wegman's I refer to for bakery is the newer or newly renovated ones like in Dewitt or Onondaga Ave.
When I grew up, the best grocery store bakery was at Williams in North Syracuse. (which was the best butcher, seafood and deli too)
Wegman's now hires real bakers and pastry chefs at all the new locations and newly renovated stores.
I agree that in days of old, the bakery never stood up to the deli and cheese sections, but that has changed at the mamouth stores they build now.
I liked the Costco cake I had, but I like Wegman's better. Certainly, the price at Costco is better. I mean geez, I think we paid $14.95 for an ENORMOUS sheet cake at Costco for a retirement party.
Scorereader, was Williams on N. Salina Street? I have great memories of going to the Italian bakeries and restaurants there when I was young.
I agree with you about the quality at the DeWitt Wegman's..definitely very high, in all categories!
Still, I love Costco with its quality relative to price...a real bargain in the bakery, as well as other departments.
Tacchino, Williams was a grocery store in North Syracuse (not northern syracuse). It was bought by Peter's and was on S. Main St. (rt. 11) in North Syracuse. It's across from Sweetheart Corner, where Sweetheart Grocery and CVS used to be. Now Sweetheart Corner is an Eckerds.
You may be remembering some Northside italian bakeries which were fantastic. Which is why I limited my enthusiasm for William's as "the best 'grocery store' bakery."
Here's some northside (now called "Little Italy") favorites:
Columbus Bakery (hot fresh italian breads) ( on Pearl St.) - Frommer's actually called this place an "attraction" in Syracuse calling it "right out of 'Moonstruck.'"
Community Bakery (on Butternut St.)
Ragusa (on Lodi St.)
And some other good ones not on the Northside:
Harrisons (on W. Genesee St.)
Patrician's Snowflake (on E. Fayette)
Geddes Bakery (which isn't in Geddes anymore, it's actually on, S. Main St in North Syracuse)
and Bella Bakery (which also moved from the original northside lacation to Baldwinsville)