Metro Bakery's Italian Peasant Bread is the best. I've tried the others from Billy Bread to Montana Gold, but nothing beats the taste and texture of Metro. Of course, there's always some trick or technique to ensure bread success. I don't know if Metro has one, but I have one after I get the loaf home. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Place bread directly on the oven rack for about 5 minutes. The crust should get hard. Just make sure you don't burn it! Take out of the oven, slice it, and seve with real butter (I prefer unsalted Plugra, available at Fresh Market and Ellwood Thompson's). The crispy crust and the soft interior is a little slice of heaven. If you have leftovers, treat yourself to homemade French toast the next morning.
Located in Carytown, Metro also has an assortment of the usual bakery offerings. The chocolate chip shortbread is very good. A note of caution - Metro is closed on Sunday and Monday. If you get a bread craving on those days, you'll have to opt for the less than ideal.