Walked by today and was pleasantly
surprised to see this place open, finally. I stopped in and picked up some lard bread (divine!!!) and a regular loaf. The
pastries looked good, but I refrained for now.
The counter staff seemed untrained and overwhelmed, so
there was a bit of a wait -- don't go if you're in a hurry.
Glad to have both these renowned names back in business.
The bakery is on Court, between Union and President.
Well, bite my tounge. Less than
12 hours after grousing here about when the newly combined Monteleone and Cammareri bakery might finally deign to open, my
wife walks through the door with a tidy little box wrapped in red and white string full of Monteleone cookies. The bakery's
door apparently swung open today (Feb. 8). Wifey's take on it: "They don't know what they're doing yet. And it wasn't their
full selection. I got what I could."
I ripped open the box (before I remembered to take a picture, as you see) and
tasted one of the goodies. And...hmmm. Tasted familiar, no doubt about that. But a bit burnt and a bit stale. Me thinks these
are the cookies that have been biding time in the display cases the past few days waiting for the shop to open to the public.
The old Monteleone's cookies were always fresh and moist. Ah, well. First day. They need time.
An hour later, on my
way to the subway, I passed by the place. Four young girls in white shirts, busying themselves. The cases are only half full,
and I didn't see much in the way of Cammareri bread. Give 'em time, give 'em time.
But I found the answer to one burning
question. Will Cammareri exploit its "Moonstruck" connection? Yes! A resounding yes! At the back of the bakery is a flat screen
television obviously loaded with a DVD of the Cher flick. All someone needed to do was click on "Play Movie" on the remote.
February 9, 2007
Opening Day Delayed for Monteleone's
We're still patiently awaiting the re-opening of our favorite local bakery, Monteleone's on Court Street — which
will soon be Monteleone & Cammareri Bakery — but local blogger Lost City is getting concerned:
"At last report, the combined bakery said they would open this past weekend. But by midweek this week, miniature
cream puff one hadn't been sold. The cookies are all sitting their in their glass display cases waiting to be bought. It makes
one wonder if all the legal problems that have been rumored over the months are true, or worse."
It pains us to see almond macaroons going stale in the display case. Anybody know what the deal is, or when this place
is actually going to open?
UPDATE: They're open! We stopped by Friday night — the bakery was hoppin' and the renovation
looks great. We picked up some cookies, which were as delicious as ever, chatted with the very sweet girls behind the counter,
and were even handed a free loaf of bread from the guy who appeared to be the owner. (And we didn't even mention the Brooklyn
Record — so this wasn't a publicity bribe!) Gotta love this place.
Monteleone and Cammareri Plays Hard to Get Monteleone's is Making a Comeback [Brooklyn Record]
Posted by Brooklyn Record at February 9, 2007 11:27 AM
Back to Baking at Monteleone
It’s been a long time coming, but Carroll Gardens’ Monteleone bakery
is finally back in business.
It’s been a long time coming, but Carroll Gardens’ Monteleone bakery is finally back in business. F. Monteleone
and Cammareri Brothers–a joint venture uniting two beloved Brooklyn bakeries–opened in early February, more than
a year after the deal was announced.
Early word is Monteleone’s famous cheesecake is as good as ever, and its lard bread is peppery, rich, and rustic.
Longtime devotees look forward to sampling other signature specialties, like biscotti, sfingi, and miniature pastries. In
the meantime, the handsomely renovated shop is turning heads. “I love how they kept the old-fashioned flavor of the
bakery,” writes monicagtz. “No more Dunkin’ Donuts, please, in the hood. We need more of this!”
F. Monteleone and Cammareri Brothers Bakery and Cafe [Carroll Gardens]
formerly Frank Monteleone’s
355 Court St., between Union and President, Brooklyn
Cammareri Brothers Bakery [Bensonhurst]
1660 Bath Ave., between Bay 14th St. and 17th Ave., Brooklyn