South Philly Italian bakery Carangi Baking Company has recently opened at 1556 Lancaster Ave. in Paoli, bringing a wide variety of freshly-made breads, pizzas, stromboli and other Italian specialties to the ‘burbs.
On our first trip, we tried a whole wheat baguette, which was insanely fresh, and had a flaky, crunchy crust and a wonderfully light interior. It was great both as a sandwich holder and dipped in olive oil with dinner. All the breads looked spectacular, though most are, in the Italian tradition, made with exclusively white flour. We also tried the decadent ricotta cannoli in chocolate-dipped shells, which certainly rivals any cannoli we’ve had. La Colombe coffee is served (also available for whole bean purchase); the espresso we tried was not spectacular, but still one of the better ones we’ve had on the Main Line.
Carangi also offers Sicilian-style pizza in a variety of flavors, including tomato pie, several types of Stromboli, such as broccoli rabe, roasted peppers & cheese, plus a variety of breakfast treats including pepper and egg sandwiches, bagels and assorted muffin varities. All the food is take-out only, as there is no seating inside.
Our only complaint about Carangi is the hours — they close on the early side (6pm weekdays), and are closed completely on Mondays.
Carangi Baking Co Mainline
1556 Lancaster Ave, Tredyffrin, PA
http://carangibakery.com (Philly location only)