If you're gluten-free in Philly, you probably already know that your options have been growing in recent years. One of the newest offerings is possibly one of the best. Toté Bakery & Store set up shop in the Italian Market about 3 months ago, and it's already a well-patronized addition to the famous Philadelphia shopping landmark. Owners Omer Taffet and Eugene Torsonov spend the day behind the counter, baking and selling a great selection of artisan breads (including the most amazing baguette for $3.50) and an array of sweet treats. Cooling racks are refilled as you shop the small and attractive shop, and they seem to have settled easily into the neighborhood along the curb market's busy stretch of 9th Street.
Using different mixes of gluten-free flours and grains, Toté (pronounced toe-tay) stands out because of their selection of savory fresh breads - the flaky and chewy baguette, dinner rolls, pizza crusts, focaccia, and sandwich breads that have been hard to come by for those living the gluten-free life by choice or necessity. Sweets like cookies, cakes, and cupcakes have been the usual focus at places like Sweet Freedom and in the supermarkets. Toté offers products on both ends of the sweet and savory spectrum.