Address: 204 1st Ave W, Newark, NJ 07107
Phone Number: 973-484-5598
Hours of Operation:
Open Daily from 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sun – Thurs: 6:30 am – 9:30 pm
Fri – Sat: 6:30 am – 10:00 pm
From Humble Beginnings
Their story begins in 1962 with the opening of Calandra’s Bakery in Newark, New Jersey. In fact, Italian immigrant Luciano Calandra had been in America for just five years when he went into business for himself and opened a small Italian and French bakery. Moreover, Mr. Calandra and his wife Ortenza worked hard day and night, and their bakery soon developed a reputation for producing delicious bread.
Not surprisingly, the business took off and Mr. and Mrs. Calandra’s two sons, Anthony and Luciano Jr., began working in the family business. However, not only did Mr. Calandra teach his sons the inner workings of the bakery, but he also instilled in them his business principles: a strong work ethic, an emphasis on family, and a belief that the customer is always right. Over 50 years later, Mr. Calandra’s philosophy remains the guiding light for the family business.
At the present time, Calandra’s Bakery in Newark is a 50,000 square foot operation and the family now has two additional bakeries, one in Fairfield and one in Caldwell. These bakeries deliver products to more than 500 supermarkets as well as delis and restaurants in the tri-state area.
In addition to their bakeries, the Calandra family now owns and operates several hotels, restaurants, and apartment buildings in northern New Jersey. The family also produces and sells their own line of olive oil, coffee, fresh pasta, homemade sauces, and wines from their vineyard in Italy.
Although the family’s business has grown substantially since 1962, two things remain unchanged: Calandra’s Bakery is still synonymous with delicious bread, and the family remains driven by hard work, traditional family values, and a focus on customer service.