Thanksgiving is full of traditions. Some are family-related, some are sports-related. But, an argument could be made that the most important traditions are food traditions. There is nothing better than a Thanksgiving pie, made fresh and sweet. There are several Essex County businesses that serve up sweet treats – the perfect, pinnacle of pie for a Thanksgiving dinner. Read on to learn about where to place an order this holiday season in and around Montclair.
The Able Baker | 187 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood
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Order deadlines for Thanksgiving pies at this small business are November 18th, and there are a variety of options for every sweet tooth, with gluten-free and dairy-free options available. Pumpkin, pecan, and buttermilk pies are all available, but the most popular option is the local apple double-crust pie.
Gencarelli’s Bakery | 446 Broad Street, Bloomfield
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A family-run establishment, Gencarelli’s Bakery has been around since 1975 and is a well-recognized name around northern New Jersey. Fall desserts have lots of pumpkin-related options, including pie, but there are tons of unique flavors available, like coconut custard, French apple, peach lattice, lemon meringue, mixed berry, and more. There is a second location in Wayne, New Jersey, and both open at 6AM every day. Orders must be placed in person or by phone.
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Nicolo’s Italian Bakery and Deli | 6 Baldwin Street, Montclair
Seasonal pies are the name of the dessert game at this Italian eatery. Blueberry, wheat, pumpkin, and apple pies are all available, which partner well with the other desserts like zeppole, cookies, and muffins. Nicolo Zecchino opened this bakery in 1967, and his traditions and practices are still practiced today by his family.
The Pie Store | 100 Watchung Avenue, Montclair
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This bakery’s specialty is sweet and savory British pies, alongside groceries imported from the UK. The shop offers in-store and online delivery, and the sweet pies, like key lime, double-crust apple, and chocolate mousse, complement savory pies and hearty soups for a one-stop Thanksgiving shop. The Pie Store’s turkey and stuffing pie could be a new Thanksgiving dinner option.
Plum Bakery Gluten-Free | 179 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair
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In addition to offering sweet, gluten-free treats, this business offers online baking classes with a focus on gluten-free options. The Thanksgiving online orders are accepted until November 20th at 4PM, and pies like the apple crumb, key lime, pecan, and pumpkin are available for pick up on November 24th. Pick them up at the physical bakery, as delivery for Thanksgiving is not available.
Pure Love Bakery | 1042 Broad Street, Bloomfield
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Open since 2015, this sweet business touts the best Navy Bean Pie on the East Coast. For Thanksgiving, the bakery offers online pre-order, and pie flavors include butternut squash pie, pecan pie, peach cobbler, and more. Each pie is ten inches, and the Thanksgiving order season runs until November 20.
Rudy’s Pastry Shop | 23 Willet Street, Bloomfield
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Pumpkin, apple, blueberry, mince, chocolate chip pecan, and more pies are available at this European pastry shop. In business for 35 years, the eatery serves both retail customers and wholesalers, with its treats available in many restaurants in the area. All treats are made fresh to order, and orders placed online (there is no physical storefront) are fulfilled in 48 hours.