Only in Print: Bensonhurst Bakery Rolls With the Punches Amidst COVID-19

From Sicily to southern Brooklyn: Villabate Alba bakery prepares authentic Italian treats like pastries, chocolate, coffee, cakes and breads. (Photo: Melissa Enaje)

BENSONHURST — Emanuele Alaimo couldn’t predict that in the middle of Lent, a pandemic was going to impact his Brooklyn-based small business. He said the economic effects of coronavirus are just getting started.

“As I said, it will get a lot worse before it gets better,” Alaimo said. “By next week, the unemployment rate will skyrocket. Hold on tight.”

Alaimo is the owner of Villabate Alba, the family-owned Italian bakery and a culinary
staple for the local Catholic community…

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