Fodor's Expert Review Francesco Arena
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.
Via T. Cannizzaro 137
Messina, Sicily 98122, Italy
- Official master baker
- Detour-worthy focaccia
- Barchette, a pizza "boat" loaded with toppings