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P11254 - Mirella Mancini(Simoni) - Mancini Family - Italia Bakery, Family Business
 

Family and tradition have always been an essential part of Mirella and Ida Mancini and Josie Savoni’s lives. Through them, their families are joined together sharing a slice of Italian culture with local immigrants, residents and area tourists. Italia Bakery started up called Italia Food Market as a tiny grocery store (in the early 1960s). It was a venture taken on by Josie’s mother, Mirella Mancini. Italia Food Market was a successful concept. Pietro Mancini left his job with Chrysler away to join his wife in operating the growing business.
The grocery store moved from the location beside the present day bakery at 571 Erie Street E. When Italia’s former home became vacant again Pietro and Mirella Mancini were approached with the idea to open a new bakery there. In 1974 Italia Bakery was born. They made the decision later to sell the store and continue with the bakery.

From that small location, Italia Bakery grew into its current space and has expanded three times over the past 30 years. Today the name, Italia Bakery, is well known throughout the region.

Both Ida Mancini and Josie Savoni agree that ‘word of mouth’ advertising has been priceless to Italia Bakery.Their best-seller is their bread. The bakery works 20 hours a day, 7 days a week, to produce the bread that’s not only sold in their shop, and in local and county stores and Italian halls, but is also distributed throughout Michigan. The craft of hand-baking treasures like bread, cookies, pastries, cakes, and other goods is a tradition that’s alive and well at Italia Bakery. It’s a tasty treat that’s not available from many competitors, especially the large supermarket chains.

One new feature at Italia Bakery is their ‘hot table’--a buffet of fresh, hot, and ready-to-eat Italian entrees, that’s available throughout the day. People

   
P11254 - Mirella Mancini(Simoni) - Mancini Family - Italia Bakery, Family Business
   
Nativity scene at St. Angela Merici Church with Fr. Lino Santi 
					and Fr. Giovanni Bizzotto, 1985.  Courtesy of St. Angela Merici Church, P10545
 
   
P11255 - Mirella Mancini(Simoni) - Mancini Family - Italia Food Market, Family Business
 
   
P11257 - Mirella Mancini(Simoni) - Mancini Family - Italia Bakery Staff
 
P11257 - Mirella Mancini(Simoni) - Mancini Family - Italia Bakery Staff
 
P11259 - Mirella Mancini(Simoni) - Mancini Family - Inside the Italia Bakery
 
P11259 - Mirella Mancini(Simoni) - Mancini Family - Inside the Italia Bakery
 
from all over town visit the bakery to choose from Italian-style lasagna, chicken, potatoes, mini pizzas, vegetables, rice balls and gnocchi for their lunch, or to bring home for dinner. Though they don’t run a catering service, the bakery can readily cater to anyone who orders larger portions, and they’ll deliver too. For convenience, the shop also carries a selection of authentic Italian products, and basic groceries.

One Italian specialty the Mancini and Savoni families have offered through the years is the traditional Christmas fritelle. A lot of people these days don’t like to bother with the deep-frying required to make these holiday treats, so they call ahead to put in their orders. Italia Bakery also ensures they are well-prepared for the demand for panettone -- an Italian Christmas bread, that’s also very popular during the holiday season.
 
(Source: IN BUSINESS magazine, October 2004. Story by Leah Behrens)
 
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