Here’s the backstory – so the Masciave Family owned  Joseph’s Bakery + Deli since 1967 – back in May of 2021, it was announced the deli side was “closing for renovations,” but that side never reopened.  It was also announced that the bakery side would remain open.  For almost 12 years,  Annie Nikollo has operated the bakery side.  After training closely with Joe Masciave since 2006, in 2012, Annie took over the bakery.  She posted the following message to let the neighborhood know they are in the process of relocating to a new location in the neighborhood under a different name. See the message below!

Original Post:

For over 50 years, Joseph’s Bakery + Deli has been providing the neighborhood with delicious bread, pastries, Italian food, coffee, and more.  The Masciave Family announced via South Boston Today their retirement and the closing of the legendary bakery located at the corner of K and Fourth.  You still have the month of May to pick up your rolls, egg sandwiches, lobster tails, and coffee!  

We thank the entire Masciave family and wish them well in their retirement.  The bakery will be missed.


  1. yes April 28, 2023 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    As a yuppie who has lived in South Boston since 2006 I can say that this is really genuinely sad news.

  2. Southie Native April 29, 2023 at 11:26 am - Reply

    ^ yuppie you’re the reason this happens 🙄

    • YIMBY April 29, 2023 at 2:07 pm - Reply

      So sorry people want to be your neighbor. New comers aren’t the reason why this is closing

      • Fuck yuppies May 1, 2023 at 10:56 pm - Reply

        But you know whats gonna go up in the shops place? More out of pocket musty condos, yall overtime kicked our hard working families elsewhere

        Its fine being a neighbor but not when yall our gentrifying the hood

        Like imagine being loud and proud yuppie
        Its giving pick me vibes

        • yes May 2, 2023 at 1:24 pm - Reply

          you do realize that what goes in the place of this wonderful bakery is completely out of the hands of these young urban professionals (Yuppies) you destain so much, right?

          The people who sell the property to developers, the developers themselves (which I can tell you largely do NOT live in South Boston), and the Zoning Board are the ones whom you should be angry with. They are responsible the gentrification. The Yuppies are just here for the ride.

          Maybe make some calls to every person who sold a 3 family, or bakery or any building in the last 20 years and tell them that since they sold out, they ruined a place you used to love. I say this because all the yelling in the world will not make a single Yuppie feel bad about living in South Boston and reeking the benefits of its location!

        • Dawn October 1, 2023 at 11:44 am - Reply

          End of an era. I lived two doors down back in the eighties loved that place awesome food

    • Yes April 30, 2023 at 7:01 am - Reply

      No, I’m the reason your parents house is now worth 2M 😀

    • Jimmy April 30, 2023 at 10:40 am - Reply

      Only if locals hadn’t cashed out in order to move to the south shore 🤦🏻‍♂️

      • Rich Russell October 29, 2023 at 7:35 am - Reply

        The loss of all the triple decker renters started in 75-76 during busing

  3. Ed ODell April 29, 2023 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Growing up on E 4th I saw the growth of it from building to building as well as watching their kids grow up.
    Always a regular food stop of mine all the years I worked in the area and the occasional road trip for take out.
    As older generations step back and the second generation steps back…it happens. Yes it’s time. I’ll have my almost 35 or something years of takeout memories of ziti w/children fingers, fish cakes /mac ‘n cheese…subs, soup, chowder, half moon cookies and pizza too.
    To Joe, Carmela, Fran and all the kids…wishing you all the best.

  4. Mimi (O’Brien) Benoit April 29, 2023 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Joseph’s bakery was the best! The last of the best! Lovely family, who always was helpful !
    Loved their pizza, would always order a tray for family functions! Wish you all the happiness in your retirement! You definitely deserve it! Mimi Benoit

  5. Tim April 29, 2023 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    This has nothing to do with being a yuppie (hate that term) or a Southie lifer. I’ve known Annie and her family for over 10 years. They are hard working, kind, loving and genuine people who have been assets to the neighborhood and the community. I know they will find a new spot and continue to be an integral part of the neighborhood.

  6. Karen Alexander April 29, 2023 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Who owned this bakery prior to current owners

  7. Mike Thomas April 29, 2023 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Joseph’s was a favorite of my generation in the 80’s, I am a genuine southie guy born down Dst but spent many years making my way to Joseph’s for their veil cutlet subs, half moons, manicottis.
    Wow, yeah sad to hear, but thank you for the great food and memories, making my life easier by just being there as a real southie staple.
    Good luck in the future.

  8. Rev Francis X McGerity May 4, 2023 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    Sorry to hear this news. Joseph’s Bakery catered my Priesthood Ordination Reception at St Brigid’s in December 1984: The BEST!!!!!!!!! My family and I always visited Joseph’s and would travel from Milton during the holidays for their delicious Christmas Pies of all kinds and alot more! THANKS JOSEPHS!

  9. BB May 6, 2023 at 7:00 am - Reply

    Joseph’s Bakery “THE BEST ” ! Sad to see an end to an era, but things change. Wishing the family all the best. Thank you for all the years of wonderful memories.

  10. BB May 6, 2023 at 7:02 am - Reply

    Sad to see an end to an era, but things change. Wishing the family all the best. Thank you for all the years of wonderful memories.

  11. Marc July 24, 2023 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Do we have a new location yet?

  12. Kara August 15, 2023 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Is there a new location?

  13. Glen November 27, 2023 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    Sorry to hear that Joseph is closing. I’ve been hearing Florida for 17 years but I was a truck driver for 27 years started back in the late 70s are used to pull containers out of the Conley terminal. Go to Joseph’s almost every day for their great sandwiches, and great pastries Not from Sopi but from Rhode Island wish I had lived in Southie best wishes and best luck to you all.

  14. Bridget Melle May 26, 2024 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    My dad worked in Southie and Dorchester for almost 40 years. I remember him coming home with half and half cookies, Italian Bread and Hot Cross Buns from here. Such fond memories. Sad you are closing. I would have
    Loved for my daughter to see it! Good luck in the future.

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