I feel like a lot of publications make rude remarks when talking about Las Vegas-they call it cheesy, overdone, not authentic, having no culture, and act like real people don’t live in the area. So I was glad to read about La Puma Bakery in our neighborhood newspaper View. The bakery is located on Water Street, a historic main street in the town of Henderson, which is right outside of Las Vegas. (I love the location!)
The owner, Joe La Puma, does all the baking from scratch. He uses secret formulas and 2,040 recipe cards that his Sicilian great-great-grandfather brought with him when he immigrated to Brooklyn at the end of the 19th century. (I love the family history!)
Joe knows there are many people in the area from New York (like my boyfriend), Cleveland, and New Jersey that would appreciate a good bakery. Their offerings include “fresh-baked bread and a different assortment of Italian cookies, cannoli and pastries available every day. Pastaciotta, tarts filled with ricotta cheese or Italian custard; Ba Ba Rum, pound cake soaked in rum and filled with Italian cream; cream puffs; rocky road brownies; and sfogiatelle, a thin, layered Italian pastry shaped like a clam shell and filled with Sicilian custard.” (I love the variety!)
We visited the bakery this weekend, and it was really good. The prices are good (bread is between 80 cents and $2.50) and items that cannot be saved are donated to a church for the homeless. Joe La Puma’s son is already helping out at the bakery and hopefully will become part of this tradition. (I love everything about this bakery!)
If you live in the area or are visiting, this is a great spot to witness the diversity and entrepreneurial spirit of Las Vegas.