Tampa Treasures: Housewife Bake Shop

Photo of Cuban Pizza

After a confirmation on the company’s Facebook page, it is confirmed that The Housewife Bake Shop and Deli will not be closing. The historic bakery is now under the watch of Alex and Carmen Bidone.



Keeping the dream alive

Here is the message the new owners posted on the business Facebook page: “First, I want to say Thank You, to all of you who have supported us during all these months. We are very aware we are not Anthony and Dana (the previous owners, Anthony and Dana Perrone, Anthony’s father Louis Perrone opened the shop in the 1950s) and they left us some pretty big shoes to fill out.”

This mom-and-pop bakery is one of the bakery jewels of Tampa along with La Segunda and Alessi. Louis Perrone was married to Frances Alessi, whose parents started Alessi Bakery in 1912. Louis opened his own bakery and used recipes from Mario Sciortino eventually adding in a deli counter and serving Cuban pork and other savory items.

One of those items is Tampa’s unique form of pizza, scachiatta or scachatta. The egg-y pizza pie is a bakery delight and makes a perfect on-the-go lunch and Housewife’s has a solid recipe.


Classic flavors on full display 

Since the change in new ownership, the shop has been making some new empanadas and even “miga” sandwiches. However, what Housewife bake shop has always been known for are éclairs, cannolis, gingerbread men and other sweets.

We are on board with the rest of Tampa in delighting that this bakery is staying open. With so many new restaurants and culinary stars coming to Tampa, it vitally important to preserve our the places that have been serving the community for generations.

Visit the Housewife Bake Shop and Deli at 6821 N. Armenia Avenue open Tuesday to Saturday from 7am to 5pm and Sunday 7am to 1pm.

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