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>p PRODUCERS amato’s bakery On Bread Alone Since 1902, the Amatos have baked bread for a sandwich empire. By Jamie Morgan >> (From left) John, Jack and Anthony Amato represent two of the four generations to manage Amato’s Bakery, one of the Northeast’s leading bakeries specializing in Italian bread. f you want an original Italian sandwich, there’s only one restaurant to visit in the Northeast: Amato’s. The sandwich stuffed with meat, cheese and fresh vegetables would be nothing without its signature ingredient, which – according to the book “Mouth Wide Open: A Cook and His Appetite” by John Thorne – is “bread, bread, bread. Fresh every day.” The book, like many food historians, credits Amato’s with creating the original Italian sandwich. Of course, Amato’s gets its impossible-to-duplicate bread from only one place: Amato’s Bakery. The bakery and restaurant both trace their roots back to the work ethic of founders Giovanni Amato and his wife, Michelina. “My great-grandfather purchased our original Maine company profile bakery on India Street [in Portland] in 1902,” says John Amato, the bakery’s general operations manager. “He Amato’s Bakery built the company on hard work, dedication and strong Headquarters: Westbrook, Maine family values, which after 109 years are still what Employees: 26 Specialty: Fresh baked breads and Amato’s bakery thrives on.” mixed dough In 1902, the two began selling sandwiches to workers John Amato, general operations manager: “Much of our product on the Portland, Maine, docks from a pushcart. Hungry is still hands-on because it just men with little spare change began requesting meat be tastes better.” added to the Amato’s signature crusty-on-the-outside, I delicate-on-the-inside roll. Requests for a little cheese and a few veggies soon followed. By the turn of the century the couple opened a sandwich shop to complement the bakery. In the 1970s, a previous Amato’s employee, Dominic Reali, bought the shop and added his own twists to the sandwich — pickled olives, a zestier pickle and his own special blend of infamously dripping oils. Under Reali’s management, the sandwich shops grew to 12 corporate-owned shops, 40 franchised shops and a catering division. All are indebted to the original Italian roll made at Amato’s bakery, which is still managed by the family today. “I’m the fourth generation running Amato’s Bakery,” says Amato, who works alongside his brother Anthony, 108 food and drink • spring 2011 •

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Food and Drink - Spring 2011
Tableside Chat
Table of Contents
News a la Carte
Current Events
FAD Exclusive
A Ripening Field
History in the Making
New Wine Paradigm
Don Sebastiani & Sons/ The Other Guys
St. Julian Winery
Ste. Genevieve Winery
Herzog Wine Cellars
Meier’s Wine Cellar
Oak Ridge Winery
Producers: Keeping Trade Secrets
MaMa Rosa’s Pizza
Gel Spice Co. LLC
Vegetable Juices Inc.
Royal Caribbean Bakery/Caribbean Food Delights
Red Stripe Beer
Robertet Flavors
Annabelle Candy
Andrea Foods
Anchor Brewing
F&F Foods
Santa Sweets Inc.
Hillside Candy
Ricos Products
Sethness Greenleaf Inc.
Wunder-Bar: Automatic Bar Controls
Antigua Distillery
AMES International
Amato’s Bakery
Charlie’s Pride Meats
Citromax Group of Companies
Diamond Bakery
Grindmaster- Cecilware Corp.
Heartland Mill
Kirschenman Enterprises
Rakhra Mushroom Farm
FAME Food Management
Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. Inc.
Sea Harvest Corporation (Pty) Ltd.
Sparrer Sausage Co. Inc.
Jamaican Teas Ltd.
Westminster Cracker Co.
Distributors: Don’t Risk It
The Fricks Company
U.S. Foodservice – Milwaukee Division
Arizona Select Distribution
Fairway Packing Co.
Ingredient Innovations
J.J. Taylor Distributing Co. of Minnesota Inc.
Mastronardi Produce
Milne Fruit Products Inc.
Pellerito Foods
Albion Fisheries Ltd.
RPE Inc.
Retailers: Savoring the Moment
Roadtown Wholesale Trading Ltd.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
Quick Chek
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Sendik’s Fine Foods Inc.
Zaro’s Bakery
Balboa Brands
Restaurants: Toss Around Ideas
Sizzler USA
Dick’s Last Resort
Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd.
Liberty Entertainment Group
Roly Poly Franchise Systems
Santa Fe Cattle Co.
Winger’s USA Inc.
Bensi Restaurant Group Inc.
Leo’s Coney Island
Three Things

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