In 1903 Rose and Charles Presti Sr. opened Presti’s Bakery specializing in baking fresh bread. As the business grew, so did their family and in 1916 Charles Jr. was born. From a young age, he worked at the bakery learning the trade from his parents. The bakery moved locations several times before settling in the heart of Cleveland’s Little Italy in 1943.
Charles Jr. married his lovely wife Jean in 1946 and together they raised three children, Charles, Claudia and Sheila. They worked in the bakery for much of their youth, breaking only to attend college. From their parents, they gained the knowledge and experience needed to maintain and grow a successful business.
As the bakery business grew and became more diverse, Claudia and Sheila purchased and renovated the building at 12101 Mayfield Road (the current location) and soon re-opened as Presti’s Bakery and Café in1999 with dine-in availability as well as carry out.
At present, Presti’s Bakery remains an integral part of Cleveland’s Little Italy as well as the surrounding areas which include University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University, University Circle and the Cleveland Clinic. Claudia’s son Michael is now the pastry chef and fourth generation using only the freshest ingredients to produce the finest quality baked goods. Fresh bread, donuts, cookies, cakes and pastries are still made by hand using the same recipes and techniques originally created by Rose and Charles Presti. The bakery has expanded its menu to include a full line of fresh deli salads, pizza, stromboli, lunch and dinner specials as well as a catering menu. We look forward to providing you with a “sweet” experience on your next trip to Presti’s Bakery in Little Italy.
The Presti Family