Annual Hamden Holiday Ornament

The Hamden Department of Recreation has selected Venice Bakery to be featured as its 2021 holiday ornament, the 30th in a series of annual ornaments featuring Hamden landmarks. Venice Bakery, now celebrating 80 years in business is run by third generation owner and head baker Bruno Castaldi who is proud to continue his family tradition of baking fresh Krusty breads overnight and throughout the day to serve the neighborhood, customers, restaurants and local markets. Many corner bakeries have closed due to supermarket competition, so when you walk through the doors of Venice Bakery, 1769 Dixwell Ave., the aroma of freshly baked bread is a rare delight. The bakery specializes in biscotti, stuffed breads, croutons, taralli, freselle, hard rolls, sub rolls, round and twist breads, breadcrumbs and two sizes of Italian loaves. Castaldi boasts: “We continue to do everything by hand except shaping our long loaves.” Venice offers 22 different varieties of stuffed breads, selling them in foil baking bags to walk-in customers and retail markets. Castaldi works with two experienced bakers overnight and with his two sons and daughter during the day. A super idea to share with family and friends during the holidays!

The pewter ornaments, printed on both sides, are $10 each, and come with a brief narrative about the ornament in a display case. 

Also available are ornaments from recent years: Johnson Lanes (2020), Freedom Park honoring POW & MIA (2016); Town Center Park/Rotary Pavilion (2015); Hamden Memorial Library (2013); Hamden Police Dept. (2012); Hamden Middle School (2010) each being sold for $10. 

Ornaments from earlier years are also available at a reduced rate of $5 each while supplies last. They include: Whitneyville Church (2008); Farmington Canal Greenway (2007); Spring Glen School (2003); Margaret L. Keefe School (2002); and Thornton Wilder House (1997). 

All ornaments are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve an ornament, call 203-287-2579 or visit the Hamden Recreation Department, 2750 Dixwell Avenue.  Expected availability will be starting November 22th at the Recreation Office. Call to verify! 


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