West Babylon grad keeps family’s baking tradition alive in Babylon


Michael & Paul Italian Bakery in West Babylon was long known for its fresh semolina bread and Italian cheesecakes.

That was, before the family-run business closed down earlier this year.

Now, 21-year-old Anthony Mistretta is keeping his family’s tradition alive by opening up a bakery of his own — this time in Babylon Village, and with the help of his mother, of course.

“I want to make a name for myself now,” said Mistretta, who had worked for years behind the counter at Michael & Paul, which was owned by his grandparents.

In October, the West Babylon High School graduate opened up shop at 199 East Main Street under the name Mario’s Pasticceria, paying homage to his grandfather, who emigrated from Sicily, bringing his baking skills to the U.S. in the 1960s.

“After many years working with my grandfather, [my mother] is better than my grandfather,” said Mistretta.

Mario’s Pasticceria will have its own style compared to the old Michael and Paul, says Mistretta.

“Whatever I had at the old place I know how to do, I can do, and will do more,” he said.

Mistretta will be focusing on introducing different types of pastries, in addition to classic Italian delights.

And if you happen stop by, Mistretta says you’ll especially enjoy his freshly baked cookies.

“We specialize in miniature cookies and butter cookies, but we will provide everything you need,” he said.

Tray of the wide range of cookies at Mario’s. (Credit: Nicholas Esposito)
Mario’s Pasticceria’s holiday cookies ready for purchase. (Credit: Nicholas Esposito) 
The new Mario’s Pasticceria storefront on East Main Street. (Credit: Nicholas Esposito)

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