My daughter recently moved into a near suburb on Milwaukee's South side which is known for great Italian and Serbian foods. Now that I think about it, it's a pretty well rounded area with many ethnic restaurants. I was happy to find a neighborhood bakery just down the street that had 'European Bakery' on the sign. Today I had a little time so I stopped in.
This was my youngest daughter's (14yo) first time in a commercial bakery I discovered. I wasn't ready for the array of breads and pastry's on display. The wall was a bread rack filled with all the usual suspects and the aroma was wonderful. The display case must have had 40 kinds of sweets, muffins/cookies/dough nuts/cheese pockets. They had a decent size case of high end anti-pasta salads and sold fresh pizza dough by the pound along with good Parmesan and buffalo cheese. I was thrilled to see al this Italian bakery.
I bought a little of this and that and sent my daughter to work with a large box of treats for gang at work. I brought home a few things including a 1/2 loaf of Italian that made me think of Marks small loaves from yesterday and a nice rye loaf. The slashing pattern is distinctive and the result is striking I think as you see it below. I was going to drop this post into the current thread on slashing patterns but I didn't want to prattle on in Davids thread which is interesting in its own right. Anyway, I thought this was interesting especially for a commercial shop allbeit a small one. The cut pattern down the length is puzzling to me.---Eric