Fodor's Expert Review Francesco Arena

$ Messina Bakery Fodor's Choice

You'll smell this panificio and focacceria before you arrive, as the scent of baking bread wafts down the street. The 45-year-old Francesco Arena works with ancient grains (like tumminia, perciasacchi, and rusello) and a hearty mother yeast to produce tender focaccia topped with everything from sun-sweetened tomatoes to escarole, crusty loaves, ham-and-cheese filled pidone, and the flakiest croissants. Arena has bread baking in his bones; his nonna opened the first family bakery in 1939, and his father followed suit with his own in 1970.

Bakery Breakfast Casual Fodor's Choice Lunch Quick Bite $

Quick Facts

Via T. Cannizzaro 137
Messina, Sicily  98122, Italy


Known For:
  • Official master baker
  • Detour-worthy focaccia
  • Barchette, a pizza "boat" loaded with toppings
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

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