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The Island Bakery of Ventotene

Date: August 24, 2014 - categories: , - 1 Comment

“They were born here – all my three children were,” Antonio (“Tonino”) Aniello replied with an impish grin when I asked him how long daughters Francesca and Teresa – serving customers at the counter – had worked with him here in his Ventotene bakery. Opened in 1953 by his father Gioacchino, Antonio started flanking his father in the baking of breads, pizze and the taralli cookies when he was eleven. The three bakers – one is son, Gioacchino – carrying on the Aiello Forno baking traditions start work at 2 a.m, “but we started earlier,” Tonino explained, “as we didn’t have any machinery, everything was kneaded by hand.” Electricity arrived on the island of Ventotene a few years after the forno opened.

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“..and here’s me (Antonio) in front of the bakery, early 2000’s, with the longest loaves we ever baked!”

Teresa Aiello works with sister Francesca behind the counter

Teresa Aiello works with sister Francesca behind the counter

Gioacchino, now the piazzaolo

Gioacchino, now the piazzaolo

Francesca Aiello holds up one of the Forno favorites, an almond cake

Francesca Aiello holds up one of the Forno favorites, an almond cake

“When did you ever sleep?” I asked. “Late afternoons”, was the reply which means that the young Tonino probably rarely had times for leaps into Ventotene’s aquamarine sea with his friends. Nowadays, young vacationers on their way to the one Ventotene beach – or more likely, to the rocky outcrops overlooking coves of Ventotene’s emerald waters – stop in at Aiello bakery for lunches to take away, wrapped in brown paper.

Tiella scarola (or also called  pizza scarola)

Tiella scarola (or also called “pizza scarola”)

Young Romans ready for the beach - with Aiello Forno goodness for lunch

Young Romans ready for the beach – with Aiello Forno goodness for lunch

Forno Aiello, a Ventotene landmark since 1953

Forno Aiello, a Ventotene landmark since 1953

Tonino Aiello serves a customer

Tonino Aiello serves his vacationing customers

Ventotene, blissful island

Ventotene, blissful island

This morning, Francesca served a chatty group of young Romans in swimsuits, towels draped over their shoulders and masks and snorkels peeping out of their swim bags, deciding on their lunch snacks: pizza with grilled eggplants, another with sliced potatoes, and tiella alla scarola (a focaccia stuffed with steamed escarole, island capers and olives). Francesca also wrapped a couple frittatine (bundles filled with meat sauce and mozzarella), arancine (rice balls), potato croquettes and prosciutto/mozzarella filled calzoni for them, too. The forno was already out of polpette di melanzane (eggplant meatballs).

Nunzia from Rome never misses the Aiello pizza when on the island

Nunzia from Rome never misses the Aiello pizza when on the island

Some specialties of the bakery

Some specialties of the bakery

All kinds of tempting snacks at Forno Aiello

All kinds of tempting snacks at Forno Aiello

Ice-cream tortes fill a freezer case

Ice-cream tortes fill a freezer case

Pastry temptations at Forno Aiello

Pastry temptations at Forno Aiello

...and what cannoli!

…and what cannoli!

Just after they left, Tonino’s son Gioacchino (named after this grandfather – as is the Italian custom – founder of Forno Aiello), brought out other trays of steaming pizza. But the group of young Romans had plenty of food for their day of seaside pleasures. They’d have to do lots of swimming and snorkeling to work it all off.

Pizza with baby tomatoes, mozzarella and island oregano

Pizza with baby tomatoes, mozzarella and island oregano

Read more on good Ventotene eating

Read about Ventotene, the “literary island”

Read more about the island of Ventotene

Read about – and see – Ventotene’s splendid sea

Read about a Ventotene spot we love

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See the kaleidoscopic colors of Ventotene

Read about – and see! – pizza goodness (and not only) on Ventotene

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Read about the European summit on the island of Ventotene, Aug. 22, 2016

Read more on Santo Stefano and on Ventotene and why we love it

Read why a return to Venotene is like “coming home”

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Read about “palate poetry” on Ventotene

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