Tom, I live less than TWO BLOCKS from Marianacci’s!! It’s a nice family-run restaurant that has been around for as long as I can remember serving honest Italian meals with good red sauce. I don’t ever remember an emphasis on the pies, so maybe they’ve got someone new in the bakery. Either way, sounds like it’s worth the trip—or the walk!
pmkmr – if you travel route 80 in that area, see my review on Pub 199 in Mt. Arlington – I’ve sent a few people there to good reviews!
thanks for the tip. i travel along I-80 with some regularity and i’m always on the lookout for roadfoodie places. i’ll be sure to stop at the waffle house nearby and pick up some coffee to go with that delicious looking pie, thanks again
Yep it’s still there (Village Bakery I suspect you’re referring to), it’s a fixture. I’ve been back twice and it’s just as good. The last time I was there I noticed a sign saying that ALL their pies are 100% homemade, no commercial fillings at all.
I am 100% confident you can’t get better pie anywhere than at Village Bakery in Delaware Water Gap, PA. You can get pie that is just as good, but not better.
They also have just GREAT frozen chicken pot pies. And banana cream pies. And other stuff like cookies and brownies. And regular breads. And carrot cake. And everything else a bakery should have!
Thanks for the post. Sure does look good and for sure the next time I am in the area, I will stop.
Paul E. Smith
Tom – I just saw this – I can’t wait to go here – have you been since? Is it still as good? After the Crab-meet – we’re there! It’s not far from us at all – Sue
FIRST: SERIOUS ROADFOOD ALERT! Destination 100 yards off RT 80 at PA/NJ border!
This one is what Roadfood is all about. This place is not to be missed.
The Village Bakery in Delaware Water Gap, at the intersection of PA611 and I-80 on the PA/NJ border. If you are going to DWG, a popular tourist destination; or even if you are just passing along I-80 on your way to somewhere else; take along a cooler and buy pie here. All I’ve ever tried are the fruit pies, and they taste like they came down from the clouds on the hand of God. Fillings are all made from fruit, no cans anywhere. You can watch pies being made from the sales area. The crust is not doughy or lardy, but a nicely flavored crust with nice flakiness and a good snap to it (but not crisp). I would eat this crust alone, without filling. I’ve tried cherry, two kinds of apple, blueberry, cherry, peach, and pumpkin. I feel confident in saying that you cannot find better pie anywhere. You can find pie somewhere else that is just as good, but not better. This is the Willie Mays of pie. As a matter of fact, this place needs to be written up as a separate review, and put in the reviews section it’s that good. Next time I’m out there I’ll take my camera. Here’s a picture of the "litle giant" 6" blueberry crumb pie from VB, a 2 serving pie that must weigh about a pound and a half:
Second, last night’s home made pies, from Marianacci’s restaurant in West Wyoming, PA (that’s off of Wyoming Av, between Forty Fort and Exeter, in northeastern PA on the other side of the Susquehanna River from Wilkes-Barre).
The meal was pretty good and reasonably priced; three of us had the special, Chicken Siciliano, which was seasoned chicken breast with red bell pepper and sundried tomatoes over strozzapreti pasta in a white wine/garlic sauce, one of us had shrimp Alfredo, one chicken scampi. No mistakes here, all good honest pasta dishes. Salads had homemade croutons, a nice touch not often found at this price point (salad included with entrees from $10-15), the homemade Italian dressing was nice and tart rather than sugary.
The pies are made by one of the waitresses, and damn are they good. Choices (from memory) were banana, chocolate, and coconut cream, and apple, blueberry, cherry, peach, and pecan. I’m sure I missed a couple. Lemon merengue, maybe. Chocolate peanut butter.
These pies are killer. We had banana cream and chocolate cream. The whipped cream is obviously cream that has been whipped. The crust is very similar to that of the Village Bakery, very tasty by itself. The meat of the pie, the banana filling, is exactly the right sweetness; it is as sweet as a banana, no more and no less. Too often a cream pie is overly sweet and cloying. This pie allowed the natural banana flavor to dominate.
Apply the same to the chocolate pie; same crust, same whipped cream, and sweetness was more like that of a quality dark chocolate than like a Hershey bar. Because of the difference in sweetness between the cream and the pudding, they could be tasted distinctly in the mouth.
I’m only extrapolating to the fruit pies, but I would imagine that they would exhibit the same care toward quality that I found in the cream pies. I would go to this place for the pie alone.
(edited to add image of the "little giant" blueberry pie)
Roadfood alert:: GREAT homemade pies in NEPA
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