by Kevin Walsh

Circo’s Bakery, at 312 Knickerbocker Avenue at Hart Street, has been a Bushwick fixture since 1945, according to the store’s website. Original founder Circo sold the shop to two longtime bakers in 1973, and one of them,┬áNino Pierdipino, still runs the shop with his two sons Salvatore and Anthony.

The sign may or may not be 1945 vintage, but it’s at least a few decades old.


A two-sided vertical neon sign appears over the main sign. Since dolce is “sweet” in Italian, we may translate this as “place where sweet items are produced.”


A corner location on Hart Street allows another vintage neon sign to wrap around the side.





Michelle August 5, 2015 - 5:07 pm

Did you purchase anything?
This is a great bakery that the “old neighborhood folk” come back to during the holidays. Despite the neighborhood changing since their inception, they always put out a fantastic product. One of the very few bakeries that fills its canoli to order and not sit in a display case.

Joe Fliel August 5, 2015 - 10:06 pm

I’ve been going to Circo’s for almost 40 years, even during the bad old days of 1970s Bushwick. The owners and employees are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet and the pastries are second to none. Hope you had the opportunity to try their cannolis.


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