The Best Bread Begins in South Philly

The Best Bread Begins in South Philly

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A sandwich is only as good as its bread. Meet the rolls of downtown’s upper crust.

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    You could club a bear with this thick-crusted sans-sesame bread — my dense, chewy favorite since I waited tables in college at Cucina Pazzo, which sourced its bread here.
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    No wonder Passyunk acolytes became upset when Chin and his partner and wife, Amanda Eap, closed their shop at 12th and Morris last year — happily resurfacing a few blocks away.
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    It’s as long as a baseball bat, thoroughly crusted in sesame seeds and has the pillow-like softness common in south-of-the-border baked goods.
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    Unlike most downtown bakeries, this one does a variety of breads, including this list’s whole-wheat Lone Ranger, a baguette with a nutty flavor and airy crumb flecked with tawny bran.
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    Enveloped in thin, crackly, sometimes-sesame-speckled shells, the loaves that emerge have a chewy, pliable quality — not unlike a puffy pizza crust.
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    Franchises now exist in Delco and Jersey, but the original (incidentally, it’s located across the street from the original Primo Hoagies) is the only location, as far as I’m concerned.
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    Rafeal, the great-grandfather of current patriarch, Larry Lanci, built the brick beast shortly after arriving in America and built a loyal following by eschewing chemicals and additives at a time when “stretching the dough” had more than one meaning.
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    It takes the fourth-generation baker six hours and a brick oven to produce a batch of South Philly’s most iconic and identifiable loaves - structures of soft crumb wrapped like broken arms in casts of thin crusts.
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