Wednesday, August 4, 2021

With a fork in one hand and a pen in the other let’s dive in: Di Camillo’s Bakery

Di Camillo’s bakery

I was fortunate enough to visit one of the locations of Di Camillo’s bakery here in Niagara Falls, NY on Monday. I truly cannot believe it took me so long and I assure you, I will be returning! I was so pleased with my experience that I decided to reach out to one of the family members, Michael, for a statement, I gratefully received the following from him.

“DiCamillo Bakery was founded in 1920 by Tomaso and Addolorata DiCamillo right here in Niagara Falls NY.  Today, third and fourth generation members of the Di Camillo’s family continue this uninterrupted tradition of making hearth-baked bread and classic Italian cookies and confections for the Western New York community and throughout the United States. Next year will mark our 100th anniversary!  We have five locations within Western New York (four in Niagara County and one in Erie County).  Our biscotti and classic Italian cookies are sold throughout the country via many upscale department stores as well as direct to the consumer via our website: www.dicamillobakery.com.”

I was thrilled to have received this statement from the family and I want to personally thank Michael once again for it!

Di Camillo’s bakery

The Atmosphere at Di Camillo’s Bakery

On Monday, October 28, 2019, I had the pleasure of visiting the Pine Avenue location in Niagara Falls. It was a pleasant outing with my mother and my son in celebration of my mother’s birthday. We parked along a side street and walked around to the front of the building where we could feel the bustling vibe of Pine avenue.

Di Camillo’s bakery

Once inside the bakery, we were engulfed in the aroma of fresh bread and sweets and the previously bustling vibe is exchanged for old school charm. Walking through the bakery we found several stands, carts, shelves, and displays of fresh pasta, bread, donuts, pizza, cookies, as well as homemade sauces. My son was completely impressed by this setup and he is only 2.5 years old, but my mother and I were equally impressed. The staff are knowledgeable, kind, and truly care about the business. Their passion is undeniable to put it lightly!

The Food from Di Camillo’s Bakery

Di Camillo’s bakery

Prior to our visit, I was in search of a loaf of bread to make grilled cheese for dinner. In the presence of the best bread bakers in the area, I bought a loaf of their famous Italian bread. When I say that this bread can be eaten completely plain and straight from the wrapping, I mean it! The bread is soft and flavorful on the inside while remaining crisp and crunchy on the outside. While it is undoubtedly the most delicious bread I have ever had on its own, it is brought to new heights by being toasted with butter, or used for a sandwich.

Di Camillo’s bakery

The pesto from Di Camillo’s Bakery was out of this world incredible! There is a flavor depth far beyond the basil, oil, and garlic. One taste of this sauce and I instantly was overcome with the need to dance with excitement!

Having soup and grilled cheese for dinner, I decided to toast the Italian bread, layer smoked white cheddar cheese slices and add a scoop of this unbelievable pesto on it to really bring this common sandwich to another level. This concoction is probably the first time I ever felt like a genius!

Di Camillo’s bakery

Now, I have to mention that we also selected a dozen of their bakery-fresh cookies as well. I chose 2 Snickerdoodles, 2 Chocolate chip, and 2 peanut butter.

Pictured from left to right: chocolate chip, peanut butter, and snickerdoodle

My husband enjoyed the Snickerdoodles a great deal, I prefer a chewy cookie and found the Snickerdoodle too crisp for my taste, however the flavor was on point!

The chocolate chip cookieswere softer and had the appropriate amount of sweetness and chocolate.

Finally, the peanut butter cookies we’re the softest of the three types. The flavor is favorable, not overwhelming and not too sweet. Very possibly the best peanut butter cookie I have ever had from a bakery.

Di Camillo’s bakery

My Final Recommendation

I had an incredible experience shopping with Di Camillo’s and I will most certainly be returning. I highly recommend this establishment for your bakery needs. You will enjoy wonderful food and you will meet a wonderful, hard-working family as a bonus!

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Bailey Woodean
I have been a freelance writer for more than 4 years, a mom for more than 2 years, and a wife for just under a year. I am currently a student in a cooking and catering program with the intention of expanding my knowledge of the culinary business. I then plan to take this knowledge to properly write about and critique restaurants and food. Writing to you from Niagara Falls, NY, thanks for joining me on the ride!

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