Donato's Bakery celebrates 20 years in business in Thunder Bay
The family behind Donato's Bakery in Thunder Bay, Ont. is celebrating 20 years in business, and 100 years of tradition.
David Bruno, youngest of three brothers behind the business, said it all began a century ago when his great grandmother started selling her bread in a small Italian town called Simbario in Calabria.
"We're still mom and pop," Bruno said. "Things are still done artisan by hand and that's the way we like it."
The 20th anniversary caught the family by surprise, he said, and made them think about just how far back their baking tradition went.
"We had realized that 'wow, we've been doing this for a lot longer than that,' and it hit us like a ton of bricks," Bruno said. "Starting with my great grandmother's operations in Simbario, Calabria, we've been doing this as a family for just over 100 years."
Bruno said the recipe his grandmother Caterina used in the early 1900s is still being used at the bakery today.
"The recipe is crazy simple, of flour, water, yeast, salt and little else," he said. "The process is actually exactly the same as she set out in Italy."