In 1905, Domenico Palmieri opened a small neighborhood bakery on Ledge Street in Providence, Rhode Island. The bakery then branched out to its Federal Hill location. Domenico’s grandson Domenic then decided to take a chance in opening up his own bakery with not much more than a bag of flour and borrowed start up funds to open D. Palmieri’s at its current location in Johnston.
In the beginning the staff was comprised of Domenic, his wife Gloria and a handful of family members and has grown today to a dedicated staff of extended family and friends. Domenic’s son Stephen joined the bakery after he graduated from college lending his keen business sense and work ethic to grow the family business. Domenic retired in 1978 leaving Stephen to lead the family business into the next generation. In keeping with the family tradition, Stephen’s two sons, Stephen Jr. and Eric began working part time during high school and college breaks and have now joined the family business full time. When we started out, D. Palmieri’s sold bread, our famous cold pizza and biscuits which on most days you could find cooling by the door, the smell drawing customers in off Killingly Street.
Today, the products sold are the same great staples that made us famous, but also include a large prepared food section, full deli, calzones and our extensive lunch menu including sandwiches and special pizza selections daily. Our Party pizza is still one of our best selling products and is often found at all special occasions including birthday parties, cookouts, football nights, and holiday dinner tables. Our customers often tell us stories of growing up with D. Palmieri’s pizza and can’t imagine their children’s parties without it.
Our bread is still hand rolled by our staff of talented bakers who expertly craft our loaves and buns 6 days per week. When Domenic first opened the business over 36 years ago, he sold mostly to neighbors who would walk there. Today our customer base spans the globe with orders being shipped as far away as Las Vegas, California and Florida and is a testament to what hard work and tradition will bring. D. Palmieri’s has always and still continues to be run by the Palmieri family.
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