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New French Bakery Opens Up In Forest Hills

Owner, Francois Danielo, is a fifth-generation breadmaker.

Maybe man can by live by bread alone.

With baguettes, pain de mie and ciabatta galore, a new artisan bakery opened in Forest Hills on Wednesday.

And as the name suggests, La Boulangerie has a French touch. The menu includes pate de camagne, tartine de salmon and pan bagnot with tuna.

It’s also the realization of a lifelong dream for owner Francois Danielo, who hails from the Brittany region of north-west France. “I have always had a passion for baking,” he said.

At age 14, Danielo started working as an apprentice for his uncle, a fourth-generation breadmaker. When he turned 18, his father insisted he go to college, and Danielo ended up getting a degree in mechanical engineering and heading to Los Angeles, where he worked in marketing.

About three years ago, he moved to Forest Hills and fell in love with the neighborhood. But he missed the French bread -- that is, eating it and making it.

“My passion came again,” he said. “I wanted to have my own business.”

After searching with his girlfriend, Nadia DeJesus, he found a spot at 109-01 72nd Road that appeared to be perfect for his vision of a family-style bakery as it is wider than most storefronts on Austin Street, and a little more off the beaten path.

All the bread is made on premises, and Danielo, 43, is excited about expanding his menu to include variations of rye, caraway, caraway rye, black rye and wheat breads. He also wants to make many other kinds of international doughs, such as challah, and sweet snack breads.

“I have to find my mark to fulfill the needs of the community,” he said.

But he might have to focus primarily on increasing production of two particular kinds of bread. Danielo said that patrons bought all his croissants and pan chocolate within hours on his first morning in business.

“They disappeared,” he said.

Keith Dougherty July 14, 2011 at 06:13 PM
I live in the building and couldn't be happier about the new addition. I stopped in for croissants and a cappuccino this morning and can't wait to go back. Great, comfortable space and friendly, accomodating staff. Best of luck!
Florence July 15, 2011 at 01:49 PM
It's about time, God Bless and Best Wishes on your new endeavor. You have no idea how happy you made so many people, and not only in Forest Hills. I'm in Middle Village and I'm spreading the word that you're there. Best ~ florence conte-ardito
Gary Shebes July 15, 2011 at 03:45 PM
Stopped in the other day, looks great, need u in this area. Good luck
john farnsworth July 17, 2011 at 06:19 PM
Sacre bleu, c'est magnifique. Viva la France!
dagwood bumstead October 23, 2011 at 12:32 AM
I loved it at first, but my favorite salad nicoise has been gritty just one time too many. I found something kinda gross in it on one occasion. Usually, the pastrami sandwiches are pretty good, but they're inconsistent. Once it was swimming in mayo. The service is INSANELY slow. It is shocking how long it takes the help to ring up a simple salad.

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