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Bringing a taste of Italy to Brookfield, a new bakery will supply traditional Italian baked goods

BROOKFIELD — Barbara Nicolini is channeling the smells and tastes of her Milanese childhood ahead of her at-home bakery’s grand opening on July 1. She wants to bring the delicacies of Italy to her Connecticut home.

The Brookfield resident, who moved from Milan, Italy, eight years ago with her husband and young son, has decided to start her own business after years of baking cakes and other treats that she’d bring along to birthdays and special occasions. With a cottage food license and requisite insurance now secured, she’s ready to get cooking.

Moving to the U.S. from Italy knowing little English, Nicolini gradually made Brookfield her home. Yet, she was surprised by how few pastry shops there were. She was used to seeing them everywhere.

Now, her dream of opening an Italian bakery in town is coming true in her own kitchen. Nicolini is calling her store “Barbara’s Delights,” and will be taking orders online and by phone. She plans to offer a rotating weekly menu, but will generally include staples like her sourdough bread and sourdough focaccia. For her first week, she has her decadent breads on the menu.

Nicolini said she plans to add cookies and tarts in the coming weeks, and is advertising cakes upon request as well.

A few people have already called in orders, which she said she’s pleased about.

For pick-up on the first day of business, Nicolini is asking for orders to be submitted two days in advance, so that she has time to get the breads ready.