Cupertino’s New York Bagels & Deli
In 1901, a man named Frank Cupertino arrived in New York from Bari, Italy. Around 1922, he used skills he had gained working in bakeries around New York to open his own bakery in the Bronx. Fast forward to 2006 or so. Frank’s grandson, Walter Baietti is living in Richmond, Virginia. And he can’t, for the life of him, find a decent bagel anywhere in our fair city. Not one to suffer a lack of authentic bagels, Walter Baietti and his family got busy and opened Cupertino’s New York Bagels & Deli on Cox Road, and there was great rejoicing.
The bagels. Ah. The bagels. They are crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and come in a great variety of flavors. Once I tasted one of their bagels, I turned in my Einstein’s card for good. No offense, Einsteins, but frozen doesn’t even compare to these fresh bagels offered by Cupertino’s.
Walter Baietti and his family, plus the other people who work at the shop, are Richmond-nice with New York accents. They remember what you like, and they manage to give a kind word or a friendly salutation, no matter how busy they are. My breakfast choice is usually a bacon and cheese on plain, which is probably why I’ve gained 12 pounds in 6 months. I don’t blame them, because they have plenty of other options that wouldn’t pack the inches on like bacon – the ultimate meat candy. But it’s gooooood.
I’ve also tried ham and cheese on plain, ham and cheese on everything, bacon and cheese on sesame, and bacon and cheese on multigrain. That last one was unintentional, but still delicious. I don’t drink coffee (ask my coworkers – they would make me work on the roof or something if I drank coffee) so I can’t report on that, but I have tried several lunch offerings and a few different pastries, and I’ve never been sorry. Except for these 12 pounds, that is.
If you want an authentic New York style bagel, this is the place to go.
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