MON - THURS 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
FRI - SAT 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
SUN 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
2376 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: (916) 482-0708
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Humble Beginnings

Ettore Ravazzolo was born near Zurich, Switzerland in a small town called Wollerau. This photo is one of only two photos Ettore has from his childhood. Due to family difficulties of the time, Ettore and his siblings were placed in an orphanange for many years. This photo was taken during the time, when Ettore was about two-years-old.

Preparing for America

Ettore is pictured here at approximately twenty-years-old. By the time this photo was taken, Ettore was already a professional Swiss Pastry Chef, completing his pastry apprenticeship in Zurich, Switzerland. In addition to completing the rigorous apprenticeship, Ettore had just finished his Swiss military training, as a chef cooking for soldiers in the Alps at 14,000 feet! Within a few years Ettore would immigrate to America in 1977.

Going For The American Dream

Ettore immigrates to America unable to speak English and with only $350.00 in his pocket (half of which he loaned to a friend). Immediately Ettore is inspired by America. Over the next several years Ettore strives to prove himself in his newly adopted homeland working in some of the finest hotels and restaurants across the United States. Ettore’s talent, work ethic and creativity as a Pastry Chef was quickly recognized and the accolades and awards started pouring in.

An Entrepreneur Is Born

With no money Ettore purchases a small croissant shop at 2376 Fair Oaks Blvd. in 1985 by convincing the owner to finance the purchase.  Armed with fierce determination and a desire to bring wonderful European treats and pastries to Sacramento, Ettore changes the name from Viva Croissant to Ettore’s European Bakery. Working with only two employees, four cafe tables, ten chairs, and one antique bench (which is still in use today at the bakery), Ettore opens the doors.
Working 100 hours a week, Ettore tirelessly begins to build his business as the word starts to spread about the wonderful little European bakery with the “funny” name. Many of our longtime loyal customers will recognize these pictures and remember Ettore’s from those early days.

Growing Strong

Ettore’s didn’t stay small for long.  The Sacramento community responded to Ettore and his European Bakery and suddenly Ettore’s was bursting at the seams. Two expansions followed in the 1990’s, then a restaurant was added in addition to an all seasons patio. Ettore’s also has partnered with Nugget Market delivering our ten best selling cakes to all ten Nugget locations fresh daily.  Currently Ettore’s has over 100 employees, is open seven days a week, and produces products 24 hours a day. We proudly offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, a full line of European breakfast pastries, cookies, cakes, specialty desserts and custom wedding cakes. Despite the growth, quality is still the utmost importance and at Ettore’s we only use 100% real butter, the freshest and best ingredients, and we still produce our products by hand in small batches.

We Are All Family

Today Ettore’s European Bakery and Restaurant is an established tradition in the Sacramento community. For many, Ettore’s is like a second home. Customers have been walking through the double red doors for over 31 years delighting in the pastries, cakes, quality food, atmosphere and friendly staff. Ettore’s has grown from those early days, but remains a family business where all are welcome. To this day Ettore still works at the bakery, along with his wife Meggan and sons Harrison, Reilly and Lucas.