Sicilian Bakery has been a family owned and operated business since the 1950's. It began with Silvio Gagliardi (Uncle Silvio) and continues today with Phil Rubino.
In 1972 when Phil was 13 years old, he and his family -mother Francesca, father Simone and his 3 sisters- emigrated from Palermo Sicily.
The Following year, Phil Rubino began going to Uncle Silvio's bakery after school to learn the family business and began his apprenticeship under Uncle Silvio's watchful eye. Sadly Uncle Silvio passed away in 1977.
Phil continued to work at the bakery, learning the business and honing his skills until, 1984, he finally felt ready to take it over.
At that time, Sicilian Bakery was located at 7022 W. Grand avenue. With the help and support of his mother Francesca Phil introduced new pastries, cakes, cookies and variety of Sicilian favorites. Such as arancini, focaccia and iris all while keeping with the old Sicilian traditions.
In 1996, as the family and business grew, the Rubino family decided to open a second location at 4632 N. Cumberland ave. When Francesca retired three years later. Phil decided to close his Grand ave location.
As Phil's four children grew they all helped out and learned the family business. the oldest daughter Sabrina worked behind the counter, Phil jr. and Anthony learned the baking and cake decorating side of things, and the youngest daughter Alessandra helped out on weekends and after school behind the counter.
Anthony has made a comminment to his father and family to carry on the families legacy and business. He attended pastry and culinary arts school in order to take Sicilian Bakery into the 21st century.
Today, Sicilian Bakery is a neighborhood staple. Still run by Phil and Anthony. Over the many years, loyal customers and friends from near and far continue to enjoy the special, unique pastries and homemade breads that have been created with family traditions and love.
Sicilian Bakery, Inc.
Francesca (Phil's Mother)
Sicilian Bakery, Inc. | 4632 N. Cumberland Avenue | Chicago, IL 60656 | 773.589.2602
Phil Francesca and Phil jr.
Phil and his Mother Francesca
Phil and Phil jr.
At Sicilian Bakery, we use fine ingredients and traditional methods to produce exceptional breads, Sicilian foccacia, pastries, cookies, and arancini.
All products are made by hand, the old fashion way, using the original recipes and techniques from Uncle Silvio and Francesca.