Exhibitor Spotlight: Roma Bakery
Three young Italian immigrants dreamed of sharing memories of coming home to the aroma of bread baking in the oven and gathering around the family dinner table to enjoy with family and friends. Joseph Filardo, Joseph Cusamano and Jack Binnaggia made that dream come true when they settled in Kansas City in 1921. They built a small business based on this nostalgic memory knowing that when family members gathered around their dinner tables for a home cooked meal, the main course would vary but there always was bread to accompany the meal.
During that time, large groups of European immigrants were making their way across the country looking for new land to call home. They would be carrying their own memories from their home countries and the trio of friends set out to offer the comfort of breads, cookies and pastries that would remind these immigrants of the foods from the lands they left behind. Although they did not know anything about being bakers, they decided to purchase a small bakery that became available in downtown Kansas City. The little bakery was named Roma Bakery, honoring the Italian city that they left behind.
As Kansas City grew, Roma Bakery also grew. Roma bread was found not only in the homes of Kansas Citians, but also in fine restaurants and on grocery shelves throughout the city. They became known for high quality products using old-world recipes and baking techniques. The bakery was sold to third generation Filardos in 1990, and they have continued to maintain the quality and strong work ethic that built the company so many years ago. Crusty Italian breads were the signature offerings of the bakery, but the new partners expanded the line with hamburger buns, rye bread, dinner rolls among many other baked goods.
The Filardos will be at Tasty Expo, May 19- 20, 2018 at the Overland Park Convention Center to tell their story and share memories of early days at Roma Bakery. They are looking forward to following the tradition of breaking bread with friends to enjoy. Don’t miss them!