Get to Know the People on Preston

Arjet Meti and Ottavio Formica

“We started about four years ago when the owner, Massimo, bought the bakery. We’re all friends in here. When I got here I met Massimo. We were friends and I needed a job so he said ‘Why don’t you come work here?’ Massimo and Ottavio taught me everything.” – Arjet

“It was the same for me. I started to learn slowly. Gradually, I learned more and more and we got to this point. We make the best bread in Ottawa.” – Ottavio

“Yeah. Everybody who comes in says we make the best bread in Ottawa. I hope it’s true. It is really good.” – Arjet

“I came here three-and-a-half years ago. What brought me here is that my wife is Canadian.” – Arjet

“I came here for the same reason in 1994. After 10 years, I said ‘This is a beautiful country’ and that was it.” – Ottavio

“Preston Street’s nice; especially in the summertime when people are walking and there’s a little more business.” – Arjet

“This is a friendly community; it’s family. Especially here on Preston Street.” – Ottavio

“Everybody knows each other; they know each other’s families, they know where they’re from.” – Arjet

“We both live on Preston Street right now. It’s a nice community and we’re close to work.” – Ottavio

“We do traditional Italian bread. It’s not light, commercial bread; it’s crusty.” – Arjet

“We do a beautiful calabrese bread. It’s different. It’s made fresh every day.” – Ottavio


Visit the Little Italy Bakery at 306 Preston

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