One of the more interesting effects of the financial crisis in Greece has been that a whole lot of bakeries have found fertile ground to open their bread-making business to the public. However, contrary to what one would expect from this development, many of these new bakeries have come to specialise in the higher range of prices and respective quality. La Bella Fornarina is where you can get the very best.
This is where we get our daily bread from. My mother insists on always buying the gluten-free dinkel for our everyday needs: “It’s like medicine for your body!”, she tells me when I express my concerns on buying such expensive bread so often. But to be perfectly honest, I can’t complain: this is some of the best bread anyone can ever hope to get their hands on. And it’s not just the bread, oh no: the sesame koulouria half dunked in bitter chocolate, the cereal cookies, the cinammon twists, the heavenly spinach pies and sandwiches (great selection for vegetarians too!)… They also carry traditional Greek pasta and related goods.
This bakery might be far from the most affordable around but one thing’s for certain: you get your money’s worth and exceptional food. You’ll find it in the central square of Nea Smyrni right next to tram stop Agias Foteinis.