A global pandemic isn’t stopping customers from picking up authentic Italian pastries at La Bella Sicilia Bakery & Gelateria in Hampden Township.
Over lunch, they buy Sicilian cakes and cookies, too beautiful to eat, and savory items such as ham and cheese calzones and brioche crust pizza made with imported Italian flour.
Originally, owners Giampiero Faraone and Sheri Tolomeo had hoped to open late last year. Plans were derailed and held up yet again due to the coronavirus pandemic, but by spring the pair took the plunge.
“We’ve got to pay the rent anyway, so we opened,” Faraone said “But since the first day, we have been busy. We can’t complain about the business. We are doing good.”
He admits the higher-end bakery gives them an advantage because there’s nothing like it in the area. In six months, he noted they grew the business page’s Facebook audience to 5,500 followers.