|Culver Road Armory||Pittsford|
|145 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14620||7 State Street Pittsford, NY 14534|
|Info Needed||585 203 1311|
Monday - Friday: 6:00AM to 7:00PM
Saturday: 6:30AM to 7:00PM
Sunday: 6:30AM to 4:00PM
Monday - Saturday: Kitchen open until 3:00PM
Sunday: Kitchen open to 1:00PM
|Wheelchair Accessible||Wheelchair Accessible|
Village Bakery & Cafe is a bakery, pastry shop and eatery located in Pittsford Village, opened in January 2012. The bakery offers various types of freshly-baked bread (including sandwich loaves, baguette, Italian-style and others) as well as pastry items. In addition to carry-out bakery items, the cafe portion serves light fare and coffee, and offers eat-in seating at tables and butcher-block counters.
A unique feature of Village Bakery & Cafe is the large windowed kitchen, which is separate but visible through full-height windows at the entrance. Patrons can watch bakers at work while entering and exiting. While the brick-paved area shown is currently an open parking lot, outdoor seating may be possible in-season. In addition to on-site carry-out and dine-in service, the bakery appears to have a delivery-style van, indicating that catering or delivery service may be available in the future.
They also sell tōcōti chocolate.
Culver Road Armory
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2012-01-23 16:22:00 With so many stores vacant in Pittsford Village, I looked forward to this bakery opening. The area's future will depend upon new eateries, not additional retail. Unfortunately, the Village Bakery is terribly run. The menu is unimaginative. The food was mediocre and took way too long to prepare. Worst of all, the service behind the counter was exceptionally rude. None of this bodes well for a cafe that is nestled right behind Starbucks and on its honeymoon period. Due to the novelty factor, crowds likely will gather over the coming weeks. But, unless a radical shift in management occurs, I predict that within the year the place will be out of business. This is a shame. It isn't hard to get the basics right.
2012-01-28 13:00:13 When I shot the photos above, for this entry, I just picked up some sandwich bread to try. The cashier seemed to be learning his way through the POS system, but that's to be expected for an establishment that's only been open a few days. Today, I returned for a meal in the cafe. Despite being crowded, with a queue of customers waiting to place orders, the counter staff was moving people through admirably. I listened carefully to the interactions of those ahead of me, aware of HonestReviewer's previous comments...but the 3 cashiers sounded - despite being busy - courteous and friendly. I ordered a sandwich, coffee (in a Starbucks travel mug - just as a test) and a dessert.
Looked over the menu while I waited for my food - which is served in the picnic-style seating area using a pedestal-card, similar to the system at Corner Bakery Cafe. The food arrived within a few minutes... Grilled cheese was delicious - prepared on baguette with Gruyere, cheddar and goat cheese, the later from local creamery Lively Run Farms. My raspberry chocolate torte was equally-tasty, served cold, and the coffee (from Ithaca Coffee Roasters) was a simple light roast that tasted fresh. As a bonus: no static about my Starbucks mug!
All-told, the only thing I can find to complain about is the somewhat-basic menu's relative lack of vegetarian options. There are a few - grilled cheese, French onion soup, a greens-and-beans sandwich, salads, and a kids' PB&J - but I would have liked to try a more creative sandwich than a grilled cheese. Another small nit to pick: while there is a "Village Bakery Guest" wifi network, it's password-protected - so I'm writing this via the Starbucks hotspot - which is free, and apparently reaches the Village Bakery with no difficulty. Minor issues notwithstanding, I'll be back! —daverea
2012-01-28 18:54:27 Daverea* Just a tip for the future the password to the WiFi is sourdough :) —valesha
2013-02-21 23:21:13 Everyone should be aware that they are involved in unethical business practices (possibly illegal) by charging you higher prices (after you order) than what is advertised on their in store menu and on their website. —JillC