During the 34-year period from 1898 to 1932, more than 54,000 Italian immigrants arrived at the port of Providence. The majority of them settled on Federal Hill, the 300 acre land mass that stands high above Rhode Island’s capital city.
In 1916, Luigi Scialo arrived from the Italian province of Pomigliano d’Arco and, together with his brother, started SCIALO BROS. BAKERY at 257 Atwells Avenue in the heart of this Italian neighborhood. In the 1920’s Luigi became the sole proprietor and ran the business with the help of his family for the next seven decades until his death in 1993 at the age of 103.
Since 1993, the Scialo Bakery tradition has been carried on by Luigi’s daughters, Lois (Scialo) Ellis and Carol (Scialo) Gaeta.