Monday, June 06, 2005

Scafuri Bakery

Scafuri is an Italian bakery in the heart of the old neighborhood on Taylor Street. And for something this old, it has recieved scant attention on LTHForum. I put it into the search engine here and only a few mentions, and really nothing of the fare--as if people *knew* about the place, but no one knew about the place. Perhaps, I can correct that.

There are two impressions one gets upon entering Scafuri. One, what, the pessimist impression, might be put off by the enormous spaces between offerings. And the Italian bread does look a bit sad. They might not get anything at Scafuri. On the other hand, the bright-siders, will notice that there are two or three pastries that are so intensely hand made, so real looking. And the Italian woman, house dress and all running the show, straight from a cameo in a Scorsee flick, makes you feel quite at home. Be an optimist.

I've only tried a few things so far, but they are all as special as they look. Scafuri makes a bunch of pastries with a very short dough, do not tell the trans fat police, but this stuff is highly delicious. As I note above, it tastes like Momma made it, not a professional baker. Inside this dough comes various packages including a light sweet cheese. I've found the "strudel" highly addictive. I note this strudel is shaped long like a strudel, but the package is not a true strudel (i.e., from filo type layers). Still good.

Scafuri is a long way from being the best (surely not the best stocked) bakery in Chicago, but should be on your short list of places to try.

Scafuri Bakery
1337 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL
312-733-8881

5 comments:

Suzanne Scafuri said...

Scafuri Bakery is a part of my heritage! I am a Scafuri, and I spent summers helping out my aunts (my great-aunts) in the bakery and long gone restuarant, Mategrano's. I have wonderful memories of being allowed to mix my own bit of dough to make a small pizza and getting first pick of the cookies! My Uncle Pat would raise himself every morning at 2 am to go downstairs to make the bread, and after he died, my Aunt Annette, bless her soul, continues to do so to this day. Scafuri Bakery is not only a legend in Little Italy, but it lives on in the hearts of ALL the Scafuri's!

tom naka said...

Cool blog you have going here, I will check in often! I have a similar site about french restaurant. It pretty much covers french restaurant related stuff.

Anonymous said...

I bring tour groups to Scafuri very often and I talk about the old world feel the welcoming atmosphere and mostly the wonderful ladies, Carmie, Maria and nettie, who run the show.

Anonymous said...

I bring tour groups to Scafuri very often and I talk about the old world feel, the welcoming atmosphere and mostly the wonderful ladies, Carmie, Maria and nettie, who run the show.

Anonymous said...

hello
sorry, my english is not good. i'm a scafuri (sonja is my name ) i was born in berne (switzerland ) an i still live here. i 'm happy to see my (our ) name in this page .
i wish you all the best from switzerland
greetz, sonja