Slideshow: Our Favorite Lard Breads in NYC

Royal Crown Bakery
Royal Crown Bakery
Royal Crown Bakery's prosciutto loaf ($4) took home best in tasting honors in all three categories, thank to its big chunks of cheese and meat and delicious cheesy crust, all set off by a mild peppery flavor. One taster summed it up: "Yum, this is what I want."

Overall Flavor: 7.8/10
Texture: 7.3/10
Aroma: 7.5/10

Royal Crown Bakery: 6512 14th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11219 (map); 718-734-1002

Caputo's Bakery
Caputo's Bakery
The tasters kept circling back to the prosciutto breads made in Brooklyn, and particularly Carroll Gardens. They found the Caputo's loaf ($4.75) the neighborhood's best, loving its crust and aroma but wanting just a bit more meat.

Overall Flavor: 7.2/10
Texture: 6.3/10
Aroma: 6.8/10

Caputo's Bakery: 329 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (map); 718-875-6871; caputosbakery.com

Parisi Bakery
Parisi Bakery
Founded in 1903, Parisi Bakery is one of the anchors of what remains of Little Italy. It makes some of the best hero rolls in the city, and tasters loved its prosciutto bread's ($5.50) meaty flavor and pronounced pepper bite. One wrote: "Great for all purpose consumption!"

Overall Flavor: 6.4/10
Texture: 6.7/10
Aroma: 6.2/10

Parisi Bakery: 198 Mott Street, New York, NY 10012 (map); 212-226-6378; parisibakery.com

 Amy's Bread
Amy's Bread
Amy's Bread puts its spin on prosciutto bread with its black pepper and prosciutto twists ($2). Tasters liked its pepper heat and prosciutto flavor but thought it a bit too oily.

Overall Flavor: 5.7/10
Texture: 5.4/10
Aroma: 5.6/10

Amy's Bread: 75 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011 (map); 212-462-4338 amysbread.com

Faicco's
Faicco's
Faicco's is a bustling temple of great Italian meat, sausages, and rice balls. Their lard bread ($2.50) was one of the smallest of the tasting. Samplers enjoyed its soft texture and delicate aroma but wanted more meatiness.

Overall Flavor: 5.4/10
Texture: 5.4/10
Aroma: 4.9/10

Faicco's: 6511 11th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11219 (map); 718-236-0119

Madonia Bakery
Madonia Bakery
The Madonia Bakery on Arthur Avenue has been in the same family since 1918. Tasters were at first wowed by their prosciutto bread's ($5) peppery flavor, but then decided that the spice overpowered the porky bits.

Overall Flavor: 5.2/10
Texture: 4.8/10
Aroma: 5.5/10

Madonia Bakery: 2348 Arthur Avenue, The Bronx NY 10458 (map); 718-295-5573; madoniabakery.com

G. Esposito & Sons Pork Store
G. Esposito & Sons Pork Store
Brooklyn's Carroll Gardens is a hotbed of prosciutto bread production and consumption. The G. Esposito & Sons Pork Store has their lard bread ($6) stuffed with their house salumi. However, tasters wanted more meat.

Overall Flavor: 4.1/10
Texture: 5.4/10
Aroma: 4.1/10

G. Esposito & Sons Pork Store: 357 Court Street, Brooklyn NY 11231 (map); 718-875-8683

Napoli Bakery
Napoli Bakery
Tasters found the Napoli Bakery's lard bread ($4) on the bland side, although some liked its soft texture. This was the only loaf made with roast pork.

Overall Flavor: 2.9/10
Texture: 4.6/10
Aroma: 3.8/10

Napoli Bakery: 616 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (map); 718-386-6945; napolibakery.com