One of Dayton’s Iconic bakeries is closing September 14th. No more huge elephant ears, half moon cookies, Italian wedding cake, tiramisu, or “adult” birthday cakes. Rinaldo’s Bake Shoppe, located just north of downtown at at 910 Fairview Ave., plans on closing its doors forever in less than 2 weeks.
The Food Adventure is over for Rinaldo and Anna Stolfo, who came to Dayton from Italy and have been making baked goods for 45 years. The bakery has been a staple for local Italian specialties and Kosher items. The closing will come a day after the Dayton Italian Festival weekend aka “Fall Festa,” which depends on Rinaldo’s Bakery for many dessert items. The date of closing also coincides with the first day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
Rinaldo and Anna’s son, John had taken over most of the operations of the bakery, but John’s health concerns and the work load proved too much for the family to keep bearing. Daytonians will miss this one of a kind bakery.
We at Dayton Most Metro and Food Adventures would like to congratulate the Stolfo family on the success of their life’s work, since opening the bakery in 1970. Every time we visited we were met with a smile, and treated like family. We have enjoyed spending time with the family at the Bella Villa Hall as club members, and appreciate all the specialty cookies they made for us and each specialty cake that made our party a success.