Sweet breads, like stollen, can be rather polarizing. And everyone knows the annual jokes about fruitcake. But it’s hard not to love panettone. The cylindrical loaf — originally from Milan — usually includes citron, raisins, and lemon zest, and is traditionally served at Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. It looks as good as it tastes and this time of year it is in plentiful supply around New York, making it the perfect present for any holiday party (or maybe that co-worker you just realized you never bought a gift for). Here are ten excellent places to get a round of your own, whatever the reason may be.
All locations of the swanky Italian restaurant (Madison, West Village, Soho, Southampton, and inside the Loews Regency Hotel) sell the bread — and it’s also available online. The ingredients stick to tradition: flour, butter, eggs, sugar, yeast, raisins, and candied fruit.
L’Albero dei Gelati
This Lombardy-based gelato shop has a Stateside outpost in Park Slope, and according to carb expert Peter Endress (of Runner & Stone), it makes the greatest panettone this side of the pond.
Rum-soaked raisins, citron, and a touch of honey make for a decidedly adult dessert.
Sullivan St. Bakery
This bakery offers two types of panettone: traditional and chocolate, made with Valrhona dark chocolate and dried sour cherries. Even better: Ten percent of the proceeds go to City Harvest.
Price: $39 to $49
The Franny’s offshoot sells several varieties, including beautifully wrapped sour-cherry version, or a raisin-studded version shot through with Balsamic-vinegar crème. Another highlight: If you plan to buy this for an out-of-town giftee, you can do so online.
Price: $9.50 to $22
Again, two options: Panettone Genovese, with pine nuts, citron, and raisins; and Panettone Milan, which excludes pine nuts.
Price: $2.50 to $20
This Williamsburg bakery sells small single-size breads for $2.50 — and two-pound loaves for $20. There’s a classic dried-fruit variation, as well as a brand-new chocolate one.
Price: $9 to $15
You’ll find a fancy Panettone Genovese loaf with raisons, citron, pignoli nuts, and anise at this famed West Village bakery.
A fried panettone-cake doughnut is available until the end of the month, and it includes candied citron, candied oranges, and cinnamon-sugar glaze. Walk on over to the newest location — the first in Brooklyn, at 245 Flatbush Ave. — to check it out.