It was 1916 when Luigi Scialo landed in Providence, RI from the Italian province of Pomigliano d’Arco. He was one of over 54,000 Italian immigrants to settle on Federal Hill before 1932. With a sense that starting a business would lead to success, Luigi recruited his brother to help start a bakery. From that desire, Scialo Bros. Bakery came to be at 257 Atwells Avenue.
Luigi became the sole proprietor of the business in the 1920s and ran it as they did in the old country, with love, care and quality in mind.
Much has changed in Rhode Island’s “Little Italy” on Federal Hill since 1916, but the quality products at Scialo Bros. Bakery have not.
When Luigi passed in 1993, Luigi’s daughters, Lois (Scialo) Ellis and Carol (Scialo) Gaeta carried on the family tradition, owning the bakery ever since.
Today, the sisters continue their father’s tradition of QUALITY. That’s why every product is made fresh on-site with no preservatives or artificial flavorings. Everything is still baked in a huge, 14-foot square, gas-fired oven and we continue to keep tradition alive with authentic Italian products.
We make sfogliatelle from scratch, and we may be the only bakery in all of New England that does.
For the winter holidays, we offer torrone, a milky-white almond and nougat candy.
For Easter, we make pastiera di riso or “rice pie” and pastiera di grano or “grain pie.”
For St. Joseph’s Day (March 19) we make zeppoles.
If you want to escape into a simpler time, stop in to say hello and indulge in our fresh baked goods, pastries, breads and cakes. We’ll give a warm Italian welcome.