Joseph’s Bakery: A Bakery Favored Throughout Generations

Aytana Martinez, News Editor

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Although San Pedro offers many options for gourmet pizza and other fine Italian meals, there is only one place where pizza is a specialty for breakfast.

Joseph’s Bakery was opened in 1966 and has been owned by the same owners, Rosa Tuberosi and her husband, Carmine Tuberosi. The bakery has been a local source for pizza and delicious pastries ever since it was opened. Joseph’s Bakery always opens at 5:00 a.m. and closes at about 3:00 p.m., when all of the pizza and pastries are sold out. According to Carmine Tuberosi, the bakery’s offerings while limited are a testament to quality, not quantity.

“You dedicate yourself to [a few] things,” he says. “Not too much and you do the best you can, that’s my philosophy.”

Carmine Tuberosi came from an island in Italy named Ischia. He came to the United Stated as a young man and opened Joseph’s Bakery in 1966 near Dana Middle School. He and his brother Chris baked in the back while their mother was running the front counter.

“I dedicated all my life here,” he says. “I go to sleep at 6:30-7:00 at night. I have to, because I don’t have a choice, if I want to do well.”

The quality of the bakery’s goods speaks for itself, according to Tuberosi.

“We never did advertising,” he notes. “I think the best advertising is word of mouth. People come over here, say they ‘like it’ and there comes [more] people.”

Carmine’s wife, Rosa, says that her favorite thing about owning the bakery is the smell of it. “I love the smell of the bakery. And the people,” she adds.

Rosa works with her husband to run the bakery. Many of the bakery’s customers enjoy seeing her when they go to the bakery. A factor that puts the bakery on the map is Rosa Tuberosi herself. She supplies the small neighborly small town service at the front counter with as much love as she puts into her pastries.

“I love the people that come here, I love to talk to them. Sometimes when we come back from vacation I say ‘it’s nice to be home, but it’s nice to come back to the people.”

Joseph’s Bakery is located at 1027 S. Meyler St., (310) 833-1921

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2 Responses to “Joseph’s Bakery: A Bakery Favored Throughout Generations”

  1. Lexi on April 27th, 2018 3:08 pm

    You should write a article about the Chori man. He was in San Pedro today, and in my opinion his food is really good. Also, the restaurant is local.

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  2. Not Brandon on May 7th, 2018 1:24 pm

    I love this place

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