History of
Formica's Bakery

  • 1919

    Francesco Formica opened the bakery with his wife Rosa bringing his legendary hand-crafted loaves of bread to Atlantic City from Italy.

  • 1928

    Francesco moved the bakery to its current location - 2310 Arctic Avenue.

  • 1939 - 1945

    Business took off during World War II when soldiers who traveled through Atlantic City made the “sub” marine sandwich popular thereby increasing the demand for great Italian bread. After the war Mario, Frank and Dominic “Tar” Formica took over the business from their father.

  • 1987

    Frank D. Formica, Mario’s son, purchased the business from his uncles.
  • May 2019

    May 2019 Pat McKenna took over the 100 years old bakery and continues to make the hand-crafted Italian bread with the same basic recipe that Frank's grandfather used
  • January 2022

    Created in January 2022, and led by Grandson Frank Formica, Formica Freitag Bakery is the accumulation of over 100 years of baking experience between two great baking families. August Freitag founded Freitag Bakery in Camden in 1890. Collectively, Formica Freitag Bakery has over 200+ years of experience in the baking industry. The partnership is a credit to both families’ legacies and testimony to providing the best in baking. Now operating as Formica Freitag Bakery.