If there’s a hole in your Hamiltonian heart that only a saucy slab pizza could fill, here’s some news that will make your day: Hamilton’s famed Roma Bakery is officially reopening next week.
The family-owned Barton Street bakery is known primarily for their iconic slab pizzas that have been a staple of local parties and picnics since 1952. Just as delicious hot or cold, toasted or soft, these versatile bread pizzas have become known – even well beyond city borders – as a quintessential piece of Hamilton’s food culture.
But Hamiltonians have been missing the taste of that pizza for over two months now, as Roma Bakery went on an indefinite hiatus starting on March 24th amid the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, effectively halting both sales at their bakery as well as distribution to local grocers.
“We are very sorry we are not going to be able to fill your bellies during the quarantine with Roma pizza and goodies,” read the bakery’s original announcement on social media.
However, in a happy surprise on Thursday, Roma Bakery took to social media again to inform the public that they would once again open their doors and resume pounding out those pizzas for the Hamilton masses – safely, of course.
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COVID-19 Update: We're opening our doors on June 2nd! It has been just over two months since we decided to temporarily close our doors to ensure the safety of our customers and team. During this time, we caught up on book work, deep cleaned the premises, and participated in a few online courses. Okay – we also joined everyone else in cleaning our closets at home and made banana bread. Although Ontario has a long way to go, our lives with social distancing has become the new normal. With the correct parameters in place and with the public educated on how to social distance properly, we decided to re-open our doors as of Tuesday, June 2nd. Everything COVID-19 related is new for us all so we do ask for your continued patience and understanding as learn with each day. Store-front at 233 Barton St.: * As of June 2nd, the store-front will be open with only 5 – 6 people in the store at one-time with directional arrows * Should you want curbside pick-up, please call us * All of our product will be pre-bagged and wrapped * Store hours will be: Tuesday to Saturday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Retail Grocers and Supermarkets: * All of our retail groceries and supermarkets will begin to receive product on June 2nd To our team, we cannot wait to see you and roll up our sleeves to bring our products back to the Hamilton community. To our peers in the Hamilton small business community, whether you are open or closed, we stand with you. To the Hamilton community or Roma Nation, as we like to call you, THANK YOU for your understanding and continued patronage. Stay Safe. Be Healthy. And we cannot wait for you to again Taste the Difference. Phil and Anthony #hamont #romapizza #romabakery
“Although Ontario has a long way to go, our lives with social distancing has become the new normal,” said Roma Bakery’s new announcement. “With the correct parameters in place and with the public educated on how to social distance properly, we decided to re-open our doors as of Tuesday, June 2nd.”
Now, Roma Bakery will be resuming their storefront operations with a limited number of 5 to 6 customers allowed in the store at one time. The bakery will also offer curbside pickup options, and will once again distribute those sweet, sweet slab pizzas to all of their usual retail partners in Hamilton and the surrounding area.
Not much is certain during this wild time; but I think it’s safe to say that on June 2nd, Hamilton is going to get a little tastier thanks to the return of the iconic Roma Bakery.