The sweetest union on Court Street

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It’s a “Moonstruck” marriage!

The much-loved bakery that served as the backdrop in Cher’s 1987 hit romance is coming back to Carroll Gardens — and like the film’s lovesick star, Cammareri Bakery has found its perfect match.

Ten years after closing its legendary shop at Henry and Sackett streets, Cammareri’s is pairing with Monteleone, a Court Street pastry shop, to start what carbohydrate hounds are already imagining will be the dreamiest marriage around: the Monteleone & Cammareri bakery.

“They are a pastry shop that has been there forever, too,” co-owner Nick Cammareri said. “It was a good opportunity to merge bread with pastry and bring old-world baking back to Brooklyn.”

Cammareri grew up above the old bakery opened by his grandfather 1921. In 1986, the family closed shop to focus on a location in New Jersey and another in Bensonhurst.

Their old haunt is occupied by Naidre’s, a decidedly more new-world establishment.

With that new laptop and latte crowd in mind, the new double-team bakery will sell a few carbo-concoctions that neither establishment sold in the past.

“We still got a lot of the old people who like their sweets full-strength,” said Lenny Cristino, owner of Monteleone. “But we know the neighborhood is changing, so we did some things new.”

Cristino said that 80 percent of the pastries will be full-strength and 20 percent will be a “little lighter.”

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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