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Ferlita Bakery ovens in Ybor City Museum
Ferlita Bakery ovens in Ybor City Museum/2015 photonews247.com

TAMPA/YBOR CITY, FL – The Ferlita Bakery (originally La Joven Francesca) was once a vibrant part of the community in Ybor City.

Opened in 1896, Francisco Ferlita (the grandfather) would home deliver warm bread by horse and buggy for 3 to 5 cents per loaf. The bakery continued delivering bread to its customers until they closed in 1973.

Rose V. Ferlita grew up working with her family at the Ferlita Bakery and talked about the home delivery service in an 2011 interview with Emanuel Leto from Cigar Magazine:

If you couldn’t get there (the bakery), my Dad, Joseph (“Pino”), would make sure that he would deliver it to your home. I never could understand the commitment to deliver the loaf or half loaves to people’s home. The cost certainly outweighed the profit for doing that. But, my Dad tried many, many times to explain how commitment outweighed profit. I never [understood] until I embraced those same values many years later in my drug store as a pharmacist.

A marker at the site tells of my Grandfather (Francisco Ferlita) delivering bread, via horse and buggy. It characterizes the Ferlita Family’s place in Ybor history [and as pioneers of Ybor City].

In 1973 the bakery closed and was transformed into a museum with the ovens still intact. The building facade still bears the name of Rose’s grandfather (F. Ferlita) with the address 1818 9th Avenue.

The year 1923 on the outside of the building represent the year it was renovated with brick after the old wooden structure was destroyed by fire.

Ybor City Museum State Park | 1818 9th Avenue | Ybor City, FL | 813-247-6323 | www.ybormuseum.org

Inside view of dome shaped oven with loaves of bread at Ferlita Bakery at Ybor Museum/2015 photonews247.com
Inside view of dome shaped oven with loaves of bread at Ferlita Bakery at Ybor Museum/2015 photonews247.com
Francisco Ferlita came to Ybor City in 1896 started bakery at 9th Ave and 19th St
Wooden plaque at Ybor City Museum tells brief history of Francisco Ferlita and when he came to Ybor City in 1896 and started his first bakery at 9th Ave and 19th St. in Ybor City.
LOGO of Ferlita Bakery on Museum at 1818 9th Ave Ybor City
LOGO of Ferlita Bakery on Museum at 1818 9th Ave Ybor City/2015 photonews247.com
Ferlita Bakery apron with history written on it at Ybor City Museum/ 2015 photonews247.com
Ferlita Bakery apron with history written on it at Ybor City Museum/ 2015 photonews247.com

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