New York-style Italian Bakery


Baked Fresh Daily


Gluten-free items & custom orders


Bakery La Dolce Vita Owners Sal & Vanessa Minopoli

About the Bakery

Bakery La Dolce Vita is a family-owned Italian bakery specializing in New York-style baked goods with two locations in Northern Wake County. They are the only Italian bakery in the greater Raleigh-area that bakes fresh daily.

You’ll find authentic, made-from-scratch baked good including pastries, cakes, cookies and desserts. Special orders may be requested, including requests for gluten-free baked products. See our menu.

We also sell Hershey’s ice cream with 24 flavors in our Wakefield store and six flavors in Rolesville, available in cups and cones made fresh in the bakery. Shakes, banana splits, sundaes and ice cream ala mode is available on any of the pastries and bakery items that we sell.

The Wakefield store carries frozen ice cream cakes and a variety of frozen treats as well as gluten-free products. We also sell a variety of candles to put on your cakes and pastries adding to your celebration.

Coffee, soda, milk, ice tea and water are also available in both stores.

About the Owners

Sal bakes from scratch every day using only the freshest ingredients with no preservatives. Vanessa greets customers with a smile and provides friendly service that keeps people coming back for more.

Prior to moving to North Carolina, Sal and Vanessa lived in New York City. Sal moved to New York from Italy in 1987 to work with his brother who had opened a pizzeria.

Baking for more than 45 years, Sal learned from his father who owned a bakery in the Northern Italy seaside city of Torino. Specializing in pastries, the bakery sold pizza during the summer months when tourists visited the beach.

After helping his brother open the New York pizzeria, Sal went to work for Italian bakeries throughout New York City. He specializes in tiramisu, cannoli, lobster tail and Italian cookies, but can bake anything including wedding cakes, pies, sweet breads and a variety of pastries.

Vanessa moved to New York City in 1996. She became a nanny and sent money back to Brazil to support her kids. She also worked as a caterer and cleaned houses and went on to earn an associate’s degree from Boces Community College in New York.

Vanessa met Sal in 2006 at a baby shower for the owner of the bakery in which Sal was working. Sal made the cake and still has a photo of it today. Vanessa attended with a mutual friend.

The couple had dreams of living someplace warmer and opening their own bakery. Those dreams came true when they moved to Wake Forest in November 2014 after visiting friends who lived in Raleigh.

“It’s a better life here,” says Vanessa.  “It’s not cold, we can do more here and the people are kinder and more polite.”

Just like their bakery’s name, Sal and Vanessa Minopoli are living the sweet life.