Panificio di Canevari Italian Bakery now open on Sundays: New baker ‘fell in love with Milford’

MILFORD ­– While visions of sugar plums dance in the heads of children next door at the Tatiana Akinfieva Dance Academy, Mike Canevari makes real sugar dance around the new Panificio di Canevari Italian Bakery located on SW Front Street.

Cynthia Canevari joins her husband each Sunday at Panificio di Canevari Italian Bakery on SW Front Street where Mike now sells his homemade breads, cakes and other treats. The Chronicle/Jennifer Antonik

Cynthia Canevari joins her husband each Sunday at Panificio di Canevari Italian Bakery on SW Front Street where Mike now sells his homemade breads, cakes and other treats. The Chronicle/Jennifer Antonik

The bakery began as a hobby for Mr. Canevari, but he said he needed to cook up a business as popularity grew for the homemade breads he brought to work each week at Baltimore Air Coil.

“People just wanted my bread and I love making it,” he said. “My whole plan this year was to go to the Farmer’s Market in town and sell a few loaves of bread.”

Although he didn’t make it to the market this season, he did participate in the Holiday Stroll after hosting a soft opening at his new location.

“The Sunday after the stroll, I sold out of bread in two hours. People who had never heard of us before the stroll came in for more. It was amazing,” he said.

The part-time bakery is currently only open on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as Mr. Canevari continues to work his full-time job.

“But I come in and do all the fresh baking after midnight on Saturday,” he said.

He and his wife, Cynthia, moved to the area in 2003 after they found themselves exploring Delaware during a vacation.

Mr. Canevari said the pair fell in love with Milford as soon as they discovered the town.

“We took a chance and moved down here. We just loved it. We had no jobs and no house, but we had to come here,” he explained. “It’s a wonderful town. I don’t even know the word to use to say how community and family oriented it is here.”

The Canevaris find Milford to be unlike their former home in Connecticut, he added, which has become congested and busy.

“I grew up on Long Island sound, not far from where we lived. But we never looked back.”

Panificio di Canevari Italian Bakery offers tastes from Mr. Canevari’s childhood including cakes, breads, biscottis, cookies, sticky buns, cinnamon rolls and may soon grow to offer Friday night pizzas with ingredients imported from Italy.

With the support of his wife, Mr. Canevari continues to consider new tastes to grow his new business.

“I’m just here on Sundays with him. I don’t actually do anything in the kitchen, that’s all him. I just come in and enjoy the tastes. I’m just so proud of him,” she said.

He is also experimenting with gluten-free products which he hopes to offer soon.

The self-taught baker is already looking at expansion plans with new equipment to help make the process easier and quicker so he can offer more goods to eager locals.

“I planned on selling 50 pounds of cookie platters for Christmas. We sold 103 pounds instead. I couldn’t do all that by myself so my apprentice helped. And we had huge bread orders for the holidays. The business has been continually busy,” he said.

“I wouldn’t trade it for the world. We’re rooted here now. And we love it.”

Orders can be placed over the phone by calling 302-503-1500 or sending an e-mail to canevaribaker@gmail.com.

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Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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