299 Commercial Street

Jose Ferreira at 299 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

Jose Ferreira at 299 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

My fuel for work: malasadas from the Provincetown Portuguese Bakery. And I’m not the only one who has eaten less wisely than well here. Mary-Jo Avellar said in the 2008 Portuguese Festival booklet that girlhood errands included trips to pick up Viana bread. “I used to have a hard time bringing it home without having eaten a sizable chunk.” Antonio Brito opened the bakery in 1932. His daughter, Maria, married Samuel Janoplis, son of the Mayflower Café’s founder. Brito retired in 1971. Five years later, Antonio “Tony” Ferreira and his wife, Guilhermina “Mina” Nazare Texeira (Guerra) Ferreira, took over and introduced malasadas, rabanadas, and linguiça rolls. They were succeeded by Arnaldina and Jose Ferreira (pictured); their daughter Ofelia Ferreira Bago, and her husband, Tibor Bago; and her sister, Helena. Specialties now include pasteis de nata and bolas de berlim.


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