Alessi, A Tampa Tradition Since 1912

September 20, 2011 5 Comments by Champagne Girl

Alessi Bakery has quickly become one of my favorite places to grab lunch and splurge on delicious desserts. I have long been a fan of their Scachatta since I first tried it at Gasparilla back in 2006. Scachatta is Sicilian cold pizza and Alessi’s Scachatta is a delicious, Tampa tradition. The savory tomato sauce that coats their Scachatta perfectly accentuates the moistness of the bread. It was definitely love at first bite.

(above, a happy customer selecting cookies while holding a box of Alessi’s classic Scachatta)
photo courtesy of Robert Azmitia Photography
 

The history of Alessi Bakery is as rich as their signature desserts. In 1912, Nicolo Alessi ventured to Tampa from his native Italy and opened Alessi bakery in the heart of Tampa Bay. His knowledge of baking and strong work ethic led Alessi to become one of the premier bakeries in Tampa. Nicolo delivered fresh Cuban and Italian bread to his customers by horse and wagon, thus creating a large following for Alessi Bakery. The family tradition was carried on by Nicolo’s son, John, who went on to win awards for his cake decorating.  Since then, Alessi has gone on to become one of the most popular places for wedding cakes in Tampa Bay. The tradition was then passed on to John’s son Phil, who always adored baking and being around his father. Phil went on to further Alessi’s success with the expansion of a 100,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Northwest Tampa which supplies wholesale products to companies both locally and internationally. In addition to wholesale products, the manufacturing facility also produces the same high quality baked goods that have made Alessi a Tampa landmark.

 photo courtesy of Robert Azmitia Photography

My first trip to Alessi was this past August.  After hearing so much about their incredible baked goods and enticing lunch menu, I decided to take a drive over for lunch. As I walked in, I was captivated by the gorgeous display of baked goods and was drawn to one item in particular….cheesecake lollipops!  Blueberry, Orange, Guava, Toffee, Lemon, Cappuccino, Hazelnut, Cookies and Cream and Raspberry to name just a few!  These little pieces of heaven on a stick are the new hot dessert trend in Tampa Bay.  I bought a dozen to bring back to my office and they disappeared in about 5 minutes! Perfect for parties, these delicious treats can be customized to fit the theme of your event.

 photo courtesy of Robert Azmitia Photography

I walked over to the counter to order lunch. With such an amazing selection, I could not decide. A customer told me that their hand-carved Cuban sandwich was “awesome” and I was sold. Alessi’s Cuban is like no other. The pork and ham are roasted for six to seven hours and the bread is outstanding. I ordered mine in the traditional manner, pressed to perfection. As I bit into my sandwich, I felt like I was transported back to the early 1900′s in Tampa. Simple and delicious, Alessi’s Cuban is not just a tradition, it is a piece of culinary history that makes Tampa Bay so special.

 photo courtesy of Robert Azmitia Photography

 photo courtesy of Robert Azmitia Photography

After enjoying my lunch, I was mesmerized by the bakery workers as they were busy creating their delicious works of art. Cupcakes, cookies, wedding cakes and more, Alessi Bakery has a selection that is unrivaled. On every visit to Alessi, I see something different in addition to their classics such as wedding cookies and biscotti. If only I could try everything!

 photo courtesy of Robert Azmitia Photography

Alessi has long been known for their outstanding wedding cakes. I had the distinct pleasure of watching a wedding cake being decorated. Not one detail is missed and the end result is a beautiful cake that will be as memorable as your wedding day. The staff at Alessi will sit down with you and help make your cake vision a reality.

photo courtesy of Robert Azmitia Photography
 photo courtesy of Robert Azmitia Photography

Alessi Bakery has given this California girl another reason to fall in love with Florida. I can’t think of a better place to taste the culinary history of Tampa than at Alessi. Deviled Crabs, Stuffed Potatoes, Guava Cheese Empanadas, Cuban Mojo Pork Roasted Sandwiches and gourmet salads to name just a few. I am impressed every time I go to Alessi and always find something new. Alessi is open seven days a week and also has a wonderful breakfast menu.  Located at 2909 W. Cypress Street, Alessi is a great place to grab a lunch or meet a friend for coffee and dessert. Alessi also has a full service catering menu that will suit all events.  You can learn more about Alessi Catering by visiting their web-site: www.alessicatering.com  

 photo courtesy of Robert Azmitia Photography

Now for my favorite part of my blog……DELICIOUS GIFTS FOR READERS!  I am going to give three lucky readers each one dozen of Alessi’s incredible cheesecake lollipops.  To enter, please do the following and comment once you have done so.  You will get one entry for doing each of the items below:

1. Follow Alessi Bakery on twitter @AlessiBakery

2. “Like” Alessi Bakery on Facebook by clicking here.

3. Tweet this post and reference me in the tweet @tracyguida

4. Share this post with a friend!

5.  Fill out the form below.

Buona Fortuna!  I will pick a winner on October 15th!!!!!!!!!!!

Enter Now!

 

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3 Comments

  1. Jennifer B
    3 years ago

    I follow them on Twitter!! (@jlobug)

    Reply

  2. Jennifer B
    3 years ago

    I like them on Facebook!

    Reply

  3. Jennifer B
    3 years ago

    I filled out the form to win!

    Reply

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