Fante’s, where have you been all of my life?

Have you ever discovered something new and subsequently wondered how you ever lived without it?  Right now, I’m feeling that way about Fante’s, a historic kitchenware store in Philadelphia with a robust online shop.  Since 1906, Fante’s has provided cutlery, specialized utensils, and more to lucky shoppers at Philadelphia’s Italian Market.  Warning:  don’t visit the site unless you’re ready to find 100 things you never knew you needed….like a pomegranate aril separator, a couer a la creme mold, an unglazed bread storage crock from Suffolk, U.K., or maybe a solid-brass duck press.

I found Fante’s while searching the web for a pasta/pastry board (aka a bread board) like the one pictured above.  (The photo is from Fante’s website, but strangely I have nearly identical baby blue countertops.)   Since Mr. Bouillie took up pie-making, my smallish textured glass pastry board has seen regular use….and we’ve learned that it is too small to handle a fully extended 10″ pie crust.  Hence the need for a pastry board, complete with a wooden lower lip to keep it attached to the work surface and a rear upper lip to keep the dough securely on the board.

8 thoughts on “Fante’s, where have you been all of my life?

  1. Celeste, I love you. I go to Fante’s every time I’m in Philly, but it never occurred to me to look for an online presence. Very dangerous. That bread board is exactly what I’ve been looking for.

    Also, I just made a cranberry-chocolate version of the Zingerman bread. Deadly. How is it that you continually post exactly what I need exactly when I need it?

    Thanks much.

    • I saw an identical bread board in action at the recent King Arthur demos. I like that it converts any surface into a dough-friendly one. Thus, I can knead on my dining table, which is a better height for me than the kitchen countertops.

  2. I have a board like yours that I bought from a now-defunct kitchen supply store in Washington, D.C. called Kitchen Bazaar around 1980. Parts of it occasionally come unglued and have to be reattached, but it has been involved in the birth of many loaves of bread over the years.

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