posted on March 24, 2009 at 4:55 am
The Italian stromboli after a short car ride and still mighty tasty
Alpharetta is the last place you’d expect to find a slice of New York. But that is exactly where Long Island native Bill Clementi and his partners, Stephen Bishop and Anthony DeTommaso, opened Alpine Bakery & Pizzeria
(295 Rucker Road, Alpharetta, 770-410-9883, www.alpinebakeryandpizzeria.com
Clementi grew up around dough. Some of his mostly Sicilian family were in the pizza and restaurant business. But it was his grandfather, a baker, who inspired a young Clementi to begin writing and compiling the book of recipes he still uses today. After one too many torturous New York commutes, Clementi moved down to Georgia. He eventually opened a pizzeria with Bishop and DeTommaso, whom he met while serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. But things really came together when Clementi started baking cakes in his basement for a friend’s restaurant. The operation quickly expanded from its meager beginnings into an 8,000-square-foot bakery cranking out cakes for a long list of restaurant clients; the retail location opened some 18 years later.
Walking into the bakery can be pleasantly overwhelming. The cases and shelves are filled with virtually every Italian-American treat imaginable. Click here to read the rest…