July 11 – Happy Birthday Salvatore “Sam” Pepe

samPepeThough he would end up following in his father’s footsteps and become one of Amsterdam’s most popular and most gifted bakers, Salvatore “Sam” Pepe could have been just about anything he wanted to be. But above all else he was a good son and when his family needed him to keep their Southside landmark bakery going strong, he answered their call and spent the rest of his working days making sure Pepe’s Bakery remained the baked goods institution it had grown to become under his father, Ralph…

You can read the rest of my story about this Amsterdam-born restauranteur in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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