Oteri’s Italian Bakery’s rich history begins in Sicily, Italy, birthplace of Gaetano Oteri, great-grandfather of Lisa, Oteri’s current proprietor. Educated in the culinary arts, Gaetano hones his craft and passes his knowledge to his children, including Anthony, Lisa’s grandfather, who also trained at the Italian Culinary Institute. Anthony’s diploma from his graduation from the Culinary Institute still graces the wall of Lisa’s office today.
In 1904, Gaetano and his wife, Sarah, and their children immigrated to the US and established their first restaurant/bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey. After being in business for a number of years, the Oteri’s relocate to South Philadelphia in the early decades of the 20th Century. The Oteri children, including son Anthony, who would occasionally return to Italy for continued schooling in the Italian tradition of culinary and baking arts. Upon his death, Gaetano hands Oteri’s down to Anthony.
In the late 1960s, Anthony opens a store on Torresdale Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia, running both the Northeast and the South Philly stores for a time. Anthony’s son, Thomas, learned the arts and traditions of the business on the job from his father and grandfather. Eventually, Anthony passes the South Philly store to Thomas, while continuing to run the Torresdale store himself. When Anthony retires, the Torresdale Avenue store closes, leaving only the South Philly storefront, run by Thomas.
Realizing Oteri’s was synonymous with so much more than just pastries, in 1977; the name is changed to “Oteri’s Italian Bakery” from “Oteri’s Italian Pastries.”This rebranding reflects the stores incredible growth into a broad, comprehensive baking emporium, turning out every imaginable type of baked goods. No longer is the product line limited to pastries; Oteri’s is the place to go for anything made from dough or batter! It is truly a widely renowned, full scale baking operation.
Today, Oteri’s tradition of fine quality, old world style baking is continued in state of the art facilities by Lisa Oteri, a fourth generation member of the Oteri family who took the reins upon the passing of her father, Thomas, in 2006. Lisa and the rest of the Oteri’s Italian Bakery family proudly offer products of the highest quality, produced in the best traditions and values embodied by the methods handed down for over 100 years by the Oteri family.