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His Cannoli Cream or Ours?

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We were so excited and privileged to be featured on TLC’s Bakery Boss with Buddy Valastro of the hit show Cake Boss which aired on Monday December 30th. Buddy came into our bakery to give us a face lift and to help us take our cakes, decorating skills and entire bakery to the next level…To Become the Best, Landmark Bakery in Philly! (This would make my Dad Tom proud).


Buddy, a family oriented, 4th generation baker, immediately noticed how close knit our family is and the desire we have to keep the legacy (especially in my father Tom’s memory) alive. He is a tough critic and it was rough at first, but it is his job to point out the issues, and then give us advice, suggestions and tools to improve. It was an emotional experience to say the lease; to reminisce about my dad (who passed away), to be challenged on recipes we have used for generations, and then to see the transformation of our main location. We saw it go from a cluttered, eclectic store with loud colors and an old worn out sign to a beautiful new looking location that appears bigger, cleaner, brighter and upscale. My favorite part was the Oteri Family wall of black and white generational photographs of the family, highlighting my dad. It is beautiful…the color is perfect; everything is right and something that my father would have done. He definitely would approve. We are an old school Italian Bakery with a modern twist!

We are proud to boast the best cannoli in Philly!

We are proud to boast the best cannoli in Philly!

He tasted and critiqued some of our cakes and pastries, but the big test was for our best selling, most loved product; our cannoli with a recipe we have used and passed down for 100 years. Say what you want about anything but DON”T mess with my cannoli! Buddy liked our cannoli but thought his was better so we challenged him to a taste test, and would let the customers decide! After all, according to Jimmy (Assistant manager and part of the Oteri’s Bakery family for over 40 years), he has been making cannoli cream longer than Buddy has been alive! We stand by our cannoli! We are proud of our cannoli and although our customers love them, the challenge did not go our way. Buddy offered us his recipe to use moving forward but completely understood and respected us if we continued with our 100 year old recipe! Everyone wants to know what we decided to do…his cream or ours?  What do you think??


 A highlight of the show was when we were asked by Buddy to make a cake for Geno Vento of Genos’ Steak’s (a legendary South Philadelphia landmark) 47th Anniversary to feed 2000 people and be presented at The Philadelphia Art Museum (Another Philadelphia Landmark). We had one day’s notice and it was the biggest challenge to date! It was a 12 foot long, 600 pound cheese steak cake made with fondant! We did it! Thousands of people gathered at The Art Museum and we were thrilled when Geno said “Oteri’s delivered! We are coming back! Next time we need a cake we know where to go!”

 It was an amazing opportunity to work with Buddy. It may have been rough at first, but in the end we were one big happy family and ended the episode with a big family HUG! We are very grateful to Buddy for giving us a wonderful, eye-opening experience! Thanks to your expertise and advice, we know we WILL be the best bakery in Philly and become a Philadelphia Landmark and a household name!

 From Our Family to Yours with Love!

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A New Year is upon us…

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Relax. Take a deep breath. The craziness of preparing for Christmas has passed. We can be still for a moment and enjoy the fruits of our labor. Prior to the New Year, Christmas and Holiday giving remind us of the virtues of generosity and good will toward others. We focus on family and friends with feelings of nostalgia. It is now the time of year to reflect on what we have done during the last year and where we hope to go in the New Year. It is a time to thank those who have meant the most to us.

We at Oteri’s want to take this time to thank our dedicated staff and employees for their continuous, tireless hard work and commitment. It is their service and devotion to our bakery family that allows us to consistently put out quality, delicious cakes, pastries and other specialty products. We absolutely and emphatically must thank our incredible customers for their continued patronage and support and who have given us the ability to grow exponentially. We consider all of you our extended family.

This year we launched a new website, developed a line of designer shoe and sneaker cake toppers, a specialty line of pops, opened a new bakery location in Roxborough, increased and expanded our products, will be featured on TLC’s Bakery Boss and have been fortunate to enjoy sustained success. We are extremely grateful and look forward to the excitement and possibilities that the New Year will bring.


The episode on TLC’s the Bakery Boss featuring Oteri’s Italian Bakery will air this Monday night December 30th at 9:00 pm. Make sure to watch! Follow us on Twitter @Oteris_Bakery so you can tweet about us during the show!


At this time we would like to wish our “extended family” a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year…

From Our Family to Your Family with Love!

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Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro helps transform Oteri’s Italian Bakery

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Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro helps transform Oteri’s Italian Bakery

in an episode airing December 30 at 9/8c

TLC star Buddy Valastro, known as the CAKE BOSS, has a new series – BAKERY BOSS – that follows him as he travels across the country, bringing his famous blend of business skills and baking expertise to help other bakers that are struggling to make their American dreams come true.

In the episode airing December 30 on TLC, Buddy and his team visit Oteri’s Italian Bakery, based in Philadelphia, PA, to meet owner Lisa, who is still reeling from the loss of her father and mentor Tom. Since then, business has slowed but Lisa and her fiancé Jimmy have not wanted to make any changes. Buddy must help this stubborn family change their traditions, while still continuing to be true to the family legacy. And later, Buddy sets up a 12 foot long Philly cheese steak cake order to test their skills.


Buddy turned his own family-run neighborhood bakery, Carlo’s, into a global destination, and understands the challenges of running a business – and the complications of doing it with relatives at your side. Now, Buddy will spend time helping this family in crisis, both personally and professionally, helping evaluate their every ingredient and technique, and challenging them to make big changes all in an effort to transform their crumbling dream into a sweet success.

BAKERY BOSS is produced for TLC by High Noon Entertainment.

Interviews, the full episode, and photos are all available upon request.

On air: BAKERY BOSS airs Mondays at 9/8c on TLC


Social media: #BakeryBoss, @TLC, @CakeBossBuddy

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Happy Holidays – From Our Family to Yours with LOVE!

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