The Original Scala Pastry set up its first stand at La Festa Italiana in 1979. Pasquale Scala, had a small family-run bakery in Brooklyn, called Scala Bros. Bakery. Pasquale was initially selling pastry to a vendor at La Festa Italiana. In 1979, when the vendor told Pasquale that he would no longer be participating in La Festa Italiana, Pasquale informed his son Anthony, age 20 of the situation. He felt that it would be a good opportunity for his son to make some extra money to help with his college expenses.
The following week, Anthony drove to Scranton with a longtime family friend who introduced him to one of the committee chairmen, Sam Cali. Anthony was able to secure a booth at La Festa Italiana.
That year, on the Friday morning before Labor Day, Anthony loaded up his dad’s station wagon with pastry and cannoli. Then along with his sister Anna and his cousin Maria, embarked on a journey that would be the first of many. When Anthony and his family arrived in Scranton, they were unable to get a hotel room. With no other option available, they all slept in the car that night. The next day in sp
ite of their exhaustion, they set up their stand. Sam Cali took one look at them, and after hearing their story, was able to secure them a room. The first day was a big success for them. They sold EVERY pie
ce of pastry and cannoli that they had brought along. Anthony drove back and forth from New York to Scranton daily to pick up fresh pastry for each day of the festival.
Now, 38 years later, La Festa Italiana, has become a tradition for Anthony and his family. Since 1979, they have never missed a year. Over the years, just about every Scala family member
has made an appearance at La Festa. The Original Scala Pastry now have 2 stands servicing La Festa, run by Anthony and his sister Carmela. Both stands are located on N. Washington Ave - Spots #1 and #13.