118-year-old North End bakery prepares its final loaves

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For more than a century, Boschetto’s Bakery, a tiny shop tucked away on Salem Street in Boston’s North End, has entranced passers-by with aromas of freshly baked bread late into the night.

The bakery, founded by Italian immigrant Andrew Boschetto, will bake its last loaves—as well as cookies and pizzas—on July 6 and close because of unmanageably high rent, as a notice reads on the red- and green-lettered storefront at 158 Salem St.

Owners believe the shop’s brick oven, which dates to 1895, is the last remaining one of its kind in all of the North End. As the bakery’s days of operation dwindle, locals are lamenting the disappeareance of a beloved neighborhood fixture.

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