Hobokenites will be saddened to learn that longstanding and loved bakery, Giorgio’s Pasticceria, located at 1112 Washington Street, has been listed for sale and has now been sold. The bakery made its name in the 1970s when it first opened its doors in the Milesquare. Read on to learn what we know about Giorgio’s closing its doors in Hoboken.
The property can be found on Hudson County MLS, described as a brownstone with three residential units on top of a two-level commercial space listed for $2,575,000, Tap Into reported. “Perfect for bakery, restaurant, retail, or office, this large brownstone on a lot 23.34 x 75 has unlimited potential. Building vacant at closing,” the listing ended with.
Mary told Hoboken Girl, “The building passed to me, my sister, and my brother. My family is selling the entire property.” She went on to say, “Giorgio’s may come back in a different form, you never know what life brings.”
It went on the market the week after Easter 2021, and recently, Mary shared exclusively with Hoboken Girl that the last official day of operation will be November 7th.
Hobokenites can tell you that waiting in line for fresh cannolis on Christmas Eve is a rite of passage. The bakery was known for delicious baked goods but was famous for its cannolis, cookies, and sfogliatella. The shop also carried items beyond Italy too, as Giorgio’s is very popular for its French pastries like éclairs, French cannolis, and various fruit tarts.
The Castiello family is from the Naples region of Italy, where Giorgio started working at 12 years old to help feed and support his family. When he got older, he worked on cruise ships as a pastry chef, which daughter Mary says many from that region of Italy did at the time.
After moving to the United States, Giorgio worked at various companies in the food industry in Queens and Brooklyn. Mary tells the story of her father’s first steps to owning his own bakery like she has it memorized. Giorgio’s opened in April 1974, following a long line of bakeries in the exact same location at 1112 Washington Street right before it.
Giorgio and his wife, Anna Marie, lived in the apartment above the shop with their three children for years, and being so close to the bakery, Mary spent loads of time there as a kid. She recalls helping out downstairs with her siblings, cracking eggs, and standing on crates to reach the counter. She has been running the show with her dad until his passing in 2019 and has continued to keep the bakery alive since then.
With 40+ years of history, Mary told us back in 2019 that their Hudson County customers often return after they’ve moved to a new city‚ or even a new country. “Sometimes people make very long trips to come back: North Carolina, Virginia, or California,” she said. “We had a few customers who moved to Malaysia, and when they were back in the States for only 12 hours, they had to come to Giorgio’s to get cookies.”
“I am so grateful. My heart is overflowing with gratitude from everyone’s love and support. It really is amazing,” Mary shared.
Be sure to stop into Giorgio’s for its iconic treats before the bakery officially closes on November 7th.