3 Pittsburgh Bread Bakeries that Rise to the Occasion

Chef Daniele Brenci, author of Advanced Bread Baking at Home: Recipes & Techniquesto Perfect Your Sourdough and More, offers to TABLE readers a few of his bread destinations.

Crust Worthy

5050 Liberty Avenue
Chloe is a super-talented baker and her creations are fantastic. She starts with locally sourced ingredients that she transforms into wonderful baked goods. You will love her work.

Madeleine Bakery & Bistro

609 S. Trenton Avenue
Charming and authentic, Madeleine is at the top of my favorite bakeries list. Exceptional bread and pastries, and the croissants are a work of art. This is a must-try.

Five Points Artisan Bakeshop

6520 Wilkins Avenue
Some of the most flavorful and perfectly executed bakeshops in the city. Their bread selection is always fun and the croissants are extraordinary. Every time I’m in the East End, I make sure to go visit.

Story by Chef Daniele Brenci / Photography by Dave Bryce

Advanced Bread Baking at Home: Recipes & Techniques to Perfect Your Sourdough and More

Book by Daniele Brenci

Daniele Brenci spent much of his childhood outside of Rome on his grandma’s farm. Since then, Brenci has worked in restaurants in cities across the globe, each teaching him more about blending natural, native ingredients to create meals that are a communal, intentional experience.

A Pittsburgher now, Brenci brings this mentality to his cookbook, Advanced Bread Baking at Home: Recipes & Techniques to Perfect Your Sourdough and More (Page Street Publishing, 2022). Written during the pandemic, Brenci says the book is “dedicated to all of the people who have found a positive outlet in baking during the challenging times that we have all faced…”

With recipes ranging from Spiced Marble Chocolate Sourdough to pizza and flatbreads, the tutorials and techniques in Brenci’s cookbook are meant to help its reader bake delicious, tasty treats to share with friends and loved ones.

Brenci’s pop-up, Forno Brenci, operates every Saturday at Tina’s Cocktail Bar in Bloomfield from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., where he offers bread, pizza, and pastries. During the summer, Brenci can be found at the Bloomfield Farmers’ Market.  —Jordan Snowden

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