147 Ridge Street, Providence
(401) 831-9145

If you're one of those people who believes that the old ways are the best, then the Original Palmieri's may be your bakery.

Palmieri's, which is perhaps the longest continuously operating bakery in Rhode Island, has been turning out crusty breads, wine and pepper biscuits, zeppoles, and pizza strips since 1901. That's not to say there's nothing new about Palmieri's. First off, there's their new building at 147 Ridge Street—new, that is, as of 1945 (the original location was on Almy Street). Then there are the bakery's new owners, Steven and Theresa Meresi, who purchased the building and the business from the third generation of baking Palmieris, Anthony and Marianne, at the end of 2005.

Whoa, you say. New owners mean change and I'm afraid of change! Not so fast. Steve and Theresa know what side their bread is buttered on and, armed with all the original recipes and equipment and two of the Palmieri's long-time bakers, are dedicated to preserving and maintaining the baking traditions that Federal Hill neighborhood regulars, as well as first-timers, expect and love. So while there will be some changes—the addition of pastry, Jewish challah bread, coffee, and bagels, for instance—the Meresis pledge they will continue to produce all the old favorites, as well.

One of those favorites is their pizza strips, which are smaller than most at only about three by four-and-a-half inches. The sauce is wonderfully garlicky and peppery, and the crust is nice and chewy. They're a bargain at three for a dollar (as of 2006).

The Original Palmieri's Bakery is open Tuesday through Friday. 7am-5pm; Saturday, 7am-4pm; and Sunday, 7am-1pm.


Rhode Island Monthly's Best of Rhode Island: Best Italian Bread (1992).

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