Panificio Di Canevari Brings Classic Italian Baking to Milford, Delaware
Panificio Di Canevari opened in the town of Milford in July 2015. Owner Mike Canevari wanted to make a couple dozen rolls of bread and sell it at the Milford Farmers’ Market. After being put on the wait list, Canevari decided to have a soft opening at his shop.
Canevari is originally from Norwalk, Connecticut, and moved to the area in 2003.
After visiting the Delaware beaches every year, Canevari and his wife stumbled across Milford, Del. They were in the area for two weeks that year, drove around the town, fell in love, found a development and moved down.
“I have no regrets, we love it here,” Canevari said. “It’s such a wonderful place, a wonderful community, I don’t know how to explain it.”
Although Canevari loved the area, he longed for the Italian desserts he was able to get on a daily basis back home.
About three years ago, Canevari started playing with cookies at home. First, he mastered butter cookies. Once that happened he thought ‘I have to go public with this.’
Throughout the week, Canevari takes orders for different baked goods. The business is open every Sunday from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. serving fresh sticky buns, cupcakes, biscotti, organic granola, rum cakes and more.
“Everything is baked fresh Sunday mornings from 1 a.m. -7 a.m.,” Canevari said.
Although you may think coming into work to bake at 1 in the morning sounds crazy, Canevari says it goes by in the blink of an eye.
Not only does Canevari make cookies, he also makes bread and pizza. He started bringing his bread into work, then he brought in his stuffed peaches and then cakes. After more and more people asked for his baked goods, he decided it was really time to bring a little New York-Italian to Milford, Del.
Canevari does all the baking himself but he says the passion and the people make up for everything else.
“Milford is full of transplants from Northern New Jersey, the Bronx, Queens…” Canevari said. “I am thrilled of what I turned the locals on to.”
As of now, Canevari has 80 pounds of cookie orders to fill by Christmas Eve.
Cookies started off as his specialty but after introducing his pizza to the town of Milford, he might be branching out.
During the annual Downtown Milford Holiday Stroll, Canevari put out 300 slices and let the public try them. It was a hit!
“People loved it, they wanted more, they were asking if they could take it home!” Canevari said.
The small business owner was inspired to make pizza after his latest trips to Italy and Rome. He wanted to create real Italian pizza which is why he gets his flower and tomatoes from Italy.
Every Friday night, Canevari is thinking about doing ‘Friday Night Pizza.’ Beginning the first of the year, he would like to take pizza orders for Friday night pick-up. He doesn’t want to become a pizza parlor, just a bakery with pizza.
Along with pizza, Canevari makes rustic Italian bread, rustic Italian rosemary bread, rye bread, sandwich rolls and more.
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