Paulo Faustini wrote: I have yet to find a bread that equals to what one has in Italy.
There is a reason for this. Baguettes are rustic breads with no oils or fats. They go stale in about 1/2 a day. In Europe, many bakeries make the baguette, or related bread, in the morning and then again to sell in the afternoon. IMHO you cannot buy a baguette at a grocery store, or most bead stores for that matter, because they are on the shelf too long to remain fresh. Your solution is to make the bread yourself. The good news is that if you make it yourself and immediately freeze it you can thaw it, refresh it in the oven and it will be almost like fresh bread. A good baguette is very difficult to come by here in the states. Countrty breads with lots of greains and nuts are a different thing and can many times be found.