SOUTHINGTON — Christine Formica had just arrived with the cash register when the first customers started coming into The Bakery on Center Deli & Café midday Friday.
Enzo Formica had been at the bakery all night preparing for the opening. Atop a ladder, he was stocking bread into wire wall bins when his wife arrived with the final piece of equipment.
The Formicas run The Bakery on the Ave in Berlin and have been working since last year to open their second location, at 50 Center St.
Rich Domagala got an apple Danish and was impressed with the flavor and consistency. He’s had the bakery’s treats at the Southington farmer’s market and said he was glad to have them permanently in his hometown.
“I’ll be coming back,” Domagala said.
Enzo Formica said the bakery’s cannolis, bread and stuffed breads are the most popular. He bakes and sells a host of Italian and American cookies and pastries, grinders and calzones.
All the food is made daily at the Berlin bakery.
“We do about a hundred dozen a week,” Enzo Formica said of bread.
Margaret Dionne, a Southington resident, bought a rye loaf on Friday and planned to return.
“We need one,” Dionne said. “To have a place to walk in and get a bread baked that day.”
The Formicas decided to open in Southington since many of their customers come from town. They’ve also established themselves by having a booth at the farmer’s market and the Italian Festival.
The couple also live in Southington.
They renovated the space, which was formerly a florist shop. While the location doesn’t have room for a bakery, Enzo Formica said they may get equipment that’ll give them the ability to cook some breakfast foods.
He said hours will be flexible at first, but probably will be from 11 a.m. to about 8 p.m.
The bakery provides bread to some area schools. Enzo Formica is looking into a Connecticut-based delivery service to get food to customers.