Alati-Caserta, a gourmand in Italy, in Montreal, returns to 50 years, and the baker has a lot to celebrate.
On Sunday, Alati-Caserta threw a party and treated his loyal customers to provide live food and music to show the appreciation of the customers who kept the baker in the business for so long.
The original store was opened on St. Viateur and Clarke in 1968.
Currently, the baker moved to the current location on Dante Street in 1979.
One of the founding founders, Vittorio Caldarone, is still very involved in business with his son, Marco Caldarone, and his wife, Linda Savoca, mainly on the front line.
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"My father is here, my mother helps me, my pastime helps me, my children are involved in business – it's fantastic," Marco said. "I do not see them at home for hours, but I'm here at the bakery.
"It's kind of uniting us like a family."
Bakeria sells Italian classics such as canoes, cakes and cakes.
Vittorio, aged 79, still makes one of the best-selling, sfogliatella, by hand.
"I'm almost a part of the family," said Francesco Miele, who has been a customer for the last 30 years. "Why? Because whenever there is a special occasion, a special cake to order, we call them, we reserve."
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Over the years, owners say they have made only a few slight changes.
Adding new flavors to classic cannoli, such as Oreo and Pistachios, is one of them.
But the owners say that what they have kept for so long remains true for who they are.
"Things have changed, but they have not changed," Savoca said.
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