Seattle >Restaurants > Borracchini's Bakery
Holy Fabulosity, Batman!
I must give thanks to the embarrassingly ungrateful ex-worker, Gladys (for shame!), who brought down the "wrath" (tee hee) of Seattle Solidarity. Otherwise, Borracchini's Bakery would never have made it onto my radar.
We first started hearing of the issue on the local news stations on Thursday. Hearing of a disgruntled ex-employee carrying a grudge and an unfounded sense of entitlement spurred us into action. Most curious, we grabbed a friend and headed down to check out Borracchini's ourselves.
Because of the local news hubbub, of course the lot was packed when we arrived. We waited for some nice folks to vacate a street space behind the bakery and we headed in. Imagine my wonder when I realized that this spot is not only a bakery but a full deli and grocery haven for one-of-a-kind Italian food items! About five steps in, I realized I'd need a basket because there was just too much good stuff that I needed to take home with me. There were samples aplenty, and the white cake with chocolate whipped cream frosting sample that I tried was divine. And when I hit the frozen case, well, you could have knocked me over with a cannoli...they stocked Spumoni!!! Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy. My friend, taking pity on me in my drooling state, purchased one for me. For this, I am eternally in his debt. Spumoni, woo hoo! Divine.
Perusing the rest of the place, we ended up with several goodies that made it into dinner tonight (pecan-crusted salmon with potato gnocchi in a lemon-chive cream sauce) and will also make it into dinner tomorrow (chicken with bucatini in a gorgonzola cream sauce). And did I mention the Spumoni??? Also came across a couple of fun cooking items, like the purple barley and the Meyer lemon syrup (the syrup is going into a drink concoction involving, among other things, marshmallow vodka). And the olive choices, wow. I guess I just need to come back often.
We paid for our items and practically skipped back to the car. Once we were headed home, we did a mental calculation and realized that with about 900 folks stopping by Borracchini's yesterday, at an average of a $10 purchase per person the bakery is doing quite well with all this "negative" publicity. Later this evening, the news mentioned that 1500 folks had been to visit the bakery today.
Employees throughout the store seemed to genuinely enjoy what they do and were smiling and helpful. Remo and company, keep up the phenomenal work and we'll see you in the next hundred years because you are not allowed to go anywhere!
Best Bakery in Seattle.
I've lived in Seattle 22 years, and during those moments when I just had to have a treat, this is where I have gone. I've tried Krispy Kreme donuts, and I'm not saying they aren't good. But for variety, for authenticity, for delicious, fresh pastry from one of this city's first businesses (I've read the roof is actually worth more than the business, because handmade clay tile roofs have become so rare!)...for these and a million other reasons, I come to Borracchini's.
If you are ordering a cake, the cake will be done (as in, baked) when it should be, but they will take a few minutes to frost and decorate it once you get there, so set your time about 15 minutes before you really do need to dash out of there. They have an infinite variety of cake fillings and decorations (and as to the marble cake basher: I ordered a marble cake for my students for Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday, and boy was it ever great!). I have never requested butter creme frosting because I love their original recipe, and I have yet to see any student, teacher, or guest in my home scrape the frosting off to the side.
I think the reason the frost it aftr you get there is partly because some like to watch the process, but also because....what do you do with "happy 28th birthday Mikey" when no one shows to pick it up? It's a business that does not have a huge profit margin. They need to know you are buying it, before they personalize it. This is just a theory; neither Mr. nor Mrs. has ever said it to me, nor have I asked. But it seems like a good guess.
Okay. Let's talk about service. They went through a period--maybe it was when they were opening the W. Seattle store?--when there was heavy turnover. None of their employees seemed to know anything. I put up with the dreadful service (2009? I am guessing; it's been awhile!) because the food was still so good.
Yes, there were some snarky clerks. They're gone now; it's safe to go back in the water! In fact, I am a disabled customer--I walk with a cane--and unless they are swamped, someone will walk my cake or big boxes of donuts to my car for me. How sweet is that?
For the best treats in town, plus a piece of Seattle history, come to Borracchini's!
Half a**ed attention to detail. The cake looked nice and the part they actually got right tasted pretty good. But I was NOT impressed when I cut into the cake. Their idea of "marble" is one bottom slab totally chocolate with some vanilla thrown in as an after thought (I'll add a picture if I can). I also paid the premium price to have butter cream frosting versus the nasty whipped frosting I can't stand. Looks as if they started withe the whipped frosting then - oops- switched to the butter cream. Hoping the customer would be to stupid to notice. Well I did notice. HALF the cake is with this disgusting whipped icing funny they didn't have a problem taking my money for the premium frosting. They also managed to spell my sons name wrong though I spelled it 3 times. I got a hasty fix they day I picked it up-glad I looked at it before leaving. If they could pay a little more attention to quality control their cakes would be decent.
LOVE IT. I've had every single b-day cake done here by them and they've never let me down, i've gone to other place but i just love how they treat me and how professional they are! everyday in high school i take the bus there and buy something! it's just soooo addicting especialy their conali's! i've never had a bad experience or have known someone to have one! some times though it's really crowded in there and ppl pitch fits
I have been here a few times in the last five years. They are horribly rude. I came in to pick up my cake order and they had lost it. They were extremely rude when I asked what had happend. Didn't apologize, basically blamed it on me, the customer...
I was in there today and a nice gentleman came in to pick up his cake and they had lost his cake order as well. He said it was the second time in two weeks that this has happend. Whoever was there, wish I would have caught her name, was so horrible to the gentleman and was rolling her eyes, etc. This unacceptable in my opinion.
Pros: Delicious baked goods!
Cons: Rude managment
My birthday cake. I was celebrating my 65th Birthday and because I didn't live in the area I traveled 40 miles to order a cake from Borracchini's. I picked the cake up the day before my birthday and was totally surprised that the cake decorating looked like a 5 year old had done it. I told them that is not what I ordered and the girl trying to be pleasant told me they would redo it. It was suppose to have cherry buds in delicate colors instead I got blue cherry blossoms? Anyone ever seen blue cherry blossoms? she showed me a picture and I oked it and they redid the cake telling me it would be $6.00 more. I was so upset I said ok but then I just couldn't believe it when the cake came out and ...well omg...I will never go back. I paid for the cake and left and I will never return. My heart at this point was broke believing I would have a wonderful cake and I didn't. I took the cake to my local bakery and they removed the decoration and put cherry blossoms that where so beautiful. I had to pay nothing even they where amazed if it hadn't been in the box they would have never believed it came from there. They have lost a good customer I will never go back to that store...I will stay with my home town bakery they are the best...Oh bye the way the cake wasn't that great either...Diane Amundson, Tacoma
remo borracchini' s bakery rainer ave.
i hsve been going to remo's for years and always ordered the same kind of cake. when my son went to cut his cake it was not the right one .I was so dissapointed. I even repeated to the person a few times for the cake to be chocolate with ice icing and that my son'w name was spelled with 2 LL's. when i got there it was spelled wrong. they have messed up on the spelling before and they always correceted it right on the spot.
But there is no correcting a wrong cake after the bakery is closed for the day.
In my 31 years never had a bad experience!!.
I love this place. When I was little my mom used to take us for cake. Everytime I see that cake box I get happy. Just a few years ago I started getting other things there. The panini sandwiches....mmmmmm....the roast beef and havarti cheese and soft bread...to die for!! stuffed olives? um.
Love this place, a definite south seattle treasure!! worth the trip!!
Not their best work. I was at a birthday party on Saturday and got all happy when I saw the Borracchini box. Maybe they were having an off day but the cake was not up to their normal standards. The lower layer was super thin & very uneven, the upper layer was too thick and uneven, the cream cheese filling tasted "off". I can't put my finger on it, not sour, but fake somehow. Like when you get frosting with too much color. I was very dissappointed. I won't give up on them yet though.
great buns/cakes. Great food, great prices. REALLY cute delivery boy. best cake ever. the GM is smokin also. the panini sandwitches i could live off of.
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