Juliana’s Italian Bakery serves up fresh treats

Juliana’s Italian Bakery serves up fresh treats

Lucia Senna, left, and Hannah Lachut, employees at the new Juliana’s Italian Bakery on High Street, just up the road from the town’s new public safety complex, present some of the favorites at the store. Senna is holding cream puffs, and Lachut has a tray full of cannoli. (Breeze photo by Ethan Shorey)

CUMBERLAND – Juliana’s Italian Bakery is settling into its new home at 1181 High St., where Roland's TV used to be, serving up everything from calzones to cannoli for a growing clientele.

Owner Lee Hall, bringing a lifetime of experience as a baker, said he found this space in Cumberland after finding nothing that worked for his company in their hometown of North Providence, and his family has quickly embraced the town and its residents.

“This community has been very welcoming and supportive,” he said.

After sponsoring a Cumberland Youth Soccer team this summer, he told players that any of them who stop in at the bakery on game day in their uniform this season will get a free chocolate chip cookie, an announcement that had the whole team ready to head over.

Lee and Heather Hall previously operated a Juliana’s Bakery in Johnston before a fire forced their departure last year. It was Heather who kept coming back to this space as the building the bakery should relocate to.

Juliana’s, named after their oldest daughter, offers a full line of bakery items baked fresh daily on site, including breads, pastries, calzones and pizza. Early favorites in Cumberland are spinach pies, cream eclairs, and chocolate chip cookies.

If the inside space looks a little large right now, it’s because not everything is in place yet, said Hall. He plans to add drinks, pre-packaged gluten-free items, and raw pizza dough for home baking, among other new offerings.

Hall said it was an adventure feeling out exactly what customers wanted in the first couple weeks of being open last month, but he feels they’ve reached a place of knowing what’s selling. There were days early on where the doors were closed at 2 or 3 p.m. because everything had sold out, he said.

The only items not made on site are the wandies, said Hall, because they need to be fried.

Typical hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and closed Mondays. Call 401-771-8934 for more.

Comments

We've been a few times already and everything we've had so far has been wonderful. Lee makes sure the customer is happy, if he's not in the kitchen cooking away! I was impressed at the cannoli, cookies, the danish was amazing and more. It's a quick trip to the bakery and always worth stopping in for some delicious treats. Parking can be tricky since it's always busy!