A Slice of Cake Boss via Serendipity Magazine.
Buddy Valastro, the star of TLC’s Cake Boss and owner of the famous Carlo’s bakery, is opening shop in Greenwich, CT, this fall. He talks to Serendipity about the sweet life and what to expect at the new site: delicious pastries, over-the-top cakes, and maybe even tv cameras!
Why did you choose Greenwich for your first Carlo’s Bakery out of New Jersey?
I love it here, it’s a great town. I’ve really enjoyed the time I’ve been able to spend here. There’s so much to do on Greenwich Avenue, and so many families in the area. I knew it would be a great fit for the first Carlo’s Bakery outside of New Jersey. I have friends who live in the Westchester area, so I’ve been able to get to know the area better when I visit them.
Everyone wants to know — will you be working at the new bakery?
Of course, I’m going to be there as often as I can. I’m a hands-on person, and it’s very important for me to make sure that our Greenwich location will meet the same standards I’ve built for Carlo’s Bakery. So, I’ll be here to make sure we’re running smoothly.
What’s life like at the bakeries when the cameras aren’t rolling?
There is so much that goes on behind the scenes. For example, we all put so much work into opening the Ridgewood, NJ, location, but there isn’t time to show all the nitty gritty details.
Will the Greenwich location look similar to the Hoboken Carlo’s we see on TV?
Each Carlo’s Bakery differs in its own way. The Carlo’s Bakery Westfield, NJ, has a huge open kitchen; our Ridgewood, NJ, location has a great party room. I wanted them all to have that same Carlo’s feel — a sense of being at home and in a friendly environment, no matter which location you’re visiting.
Is TLC planning to film episodes here?
“It’s unknown,” says Carlo’s Bakery’s Chief Branding Officer, Adam Bourcier. “They filmed the opening in Ridgewood, but they didn’t film in Westfield. Time will tell.”
Carlo’s Bakery Greenwich, 20 East Elm St. COMING SOON!
[Photograph courtesy of Cake Boss]