As soon as we entered the bakery, the aroma of bread just made me happy, too happy - I wound up buying a various items just because I wanted to try them all. My favorite was the strecci, shown below. Strecci is a bread made from pizza bianca dough. Never heard of it? Neither have I, so I Google'd it and found out it's trademarked by Sullivan Street Bakery. Interesting.
Sullivan Street Bakery sells two kinds of strecci: plain and one with seasonal toppings. The foot long flat bread is soft and chewy with a thin crust coated with olive oil and lightly salted. The strecci I ordered was topped with tomatoes and garlic. It tasted like a gigantic garlic knot and focaccia bread married together. Sullivan's sells if for $2.50 for half, and $4.75 for a whole bread.
Pane pugliese - an oval loaf with a chestnut-colored crust and open, irregular crumb structure. Slightly sour, caramel aftertaste, $4.00
Cruccolo santi - a round loaf with a dark chestnut-colored crust and medium crumb structure; loaded with walnuts and raisins and finished with a touch of black pepper and cinnamon to enhance the nutty flavor. Priced at $0.85 per piece.
Sullivan Street Bakery also sells a variety of panini for $6, pizza sold as slices or whole pies, and doughnuts, or bombolinis, for $3.
So if you happen to be in the area, do stop by and grab a loaf or two, or a meal. You won't regret it.
Sullivan Street Bakery
533 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036