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Changes right next door to Davanti Enoteca, too.

Solunto bakery (Panificio E Ristorante Solunto, 1643 India Street, Little Italy, 619-233-3506) has been sold and is about to get a name-change and a face lift.

Sad to see the old name go. Someone told me Solunto was named after an ancient Greek hilltop city in Sicily.


For sure, the Solunto bakery has been around for the longest time, and had a heckuva baking reputation. Pastries like sfogliatelle ("many leaves"), the light-leafed wonder that melts in your mouth.

So, today, I just happen to catch Paolo Tagliani and his wife Sherry, locking up from Solunto.


Paolo and Sherry

They’re running it for the guy who owns Arrivederci in Hillcrest, Antonino Mastellone, who took it over recently.

So there’s going to be a name-change soon?


Sign beside front door

“Yes, Solunto will become ‘Panetteria,’” says Tagliani. “We will continue baking Italian cookies and pastries, but we will also upgrade the place, and add deck outside. We’ll have beer and wine and stay open late. Right now we close at 4:00 p.m.”

Huh. So the panificio will become the panetteria. Whatever, pan: it's both about bread.

Paolo expects the new "Panetteria" to open in a couple of months.

But, thank goodness, they will still be baking sfogliatelle.

And why not? Paolo says they always sell like, uh, hot cakes.

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