Carlo’s Bakery, the esteemed, Hoboken-based dessert empire, has opened an express location in Yorkville. The bakery earned widespread attention when it was the subject of a popular TLC reality show, which went on to run for nine seasons and amassed a legion of sweet-toothed fans.
In 1910, Carlo’s bakery was founded by Italian pastry chef Carlo Guastaferro who ran the pastry shop until 1964. Bartolo “Buddy” Valastro Sr. shook flour-covered hands with Guastaferro, subsequently taking over the bakery. Today, the shop is run by Buddy Valastro, who has taken on the role of spokesperson for the bakery alongside his four older sisters, three brother-in-law and an assortment of close friends and family.
Today, Carlo’s Bakery can be found across the city at various vending machines as well as a brick-and-mortar location in Mississauga which opened earlier this year. The bakery’s latest venture is located at 24 Bellair St.
The express location currently receive fresh, daily shipments from their Mississauga location. The trip is about half an hour if you don’t include Toronto’s brutal traffic.
Upon entering, customers will be greeted by a life-size cut out of Buddy himself along with modern decor that includes pink wallpaper and botanicals. Staple Buddy Valastro desserts including classic cannoli, monstrous cakes, cupcakes, lobster tails and much more are available for discerning dessert lovers.
Yorkville customers can also expect seasonal treats to pop up if the occasion is right. In the past, the bakery has utilized a flurry of pumpkins during the fall months. Unfortunately, we’re sure these specific goodies aren’t Cousin Mauro tested.
The bakeshop is expected to bring a Yorkville-specific menu to their newest location, although no information has been confirmed as of yet.
Carlo’s Bakery’s Yorkville location is open Monday to Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.