After 110 years in the North End, Boschetto’s Bakery has announced that it will close its doors on July 6, 2013 due to an “excessive raise in rent” at 158 Salem Street. Although the retail operation will shut down, a sign in the window announces the bakery will continue to supply commercial customers through an agreement with Parziale’s Bakery on Prince Street.
Boschetto’s Bakery dates back to the late 1800’s when Italian immigrant Andrew Boschetto started making bread in the North End. Ralph (Raffaello) Bruno bought the business in the 1950’s. The Bruno family was the face of Boschetto’s for decades on Salem Street. Current owner Bartolomeo De Stefano started working there around 1960 as a boy. Bart eventually bought the shop from the Bruno’s and was later joined by his brother Rocco and co-owner Mhamed “Ahmed” Idroui.
The North End shop has been a mainstay of neighborhood bread making along with pizza, biscotti and cookies using age-old recipes baked in an 1895 oven.
Thanks to Adam Castiglioni (@ConciergeBoston) for the photos.
Last year, Bostoniano.info visited Boschetto’s and made this video clip of the nightly bread making operations.