RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Preparing for zeppole madness today, on St. Joseph’s Day.
FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME: Traveling with my family.
PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: The bakery, which is approaching its 10th anniversary this summer.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Wearing something other than a chef’s jacket. My sister teases me that I’m wearing the same thing in every family photo because I’m always arriving late from work for family gatherings.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Trip to Italy with my extended family.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: My driver’s license. I don’t own a wallet or purse.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: I’ve always wanted to own a bakery.
PEOPLE WHO HAVE INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: My grandmothers, Margaret Mansfield and Mary Totire.
FAVORITE AUTHOR: O. Henry.
I AM READING: Just finished “Girl on the Train.” I absolutely hated the ending.
I AM LISTENING TO: Usually NPR or Pandora.
FAVORITE MOVIE: “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Currently, “Better Call Saul.”
FAVORITE PET: Smoky, the cat my family owned for almost 20 years.
FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Bread pudding.
AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND ON SOCIAL MEDIA: As little as possible, I don’t even own a cellphone.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Grace under pressure.
PET PEEVE: Trash thrown from car windows and cigarette butts tossed on the ground.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: “What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning, and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.” — Bob Dylan.
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: The seasons. As much as I loved living in San Francisco, you can’t beat a New England autumn or Christmas.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Caffeine ... a lot of it.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I hate frosting and anything super sweet.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: “You’ll be picking out of the swill pail someday.” Said to me by my grandmother Totire after I threw away the end of a bunch of celery. She never wasted anything. I still hear it in my head when I throw things away.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: I try not to, no one appreciates unsolicited advice.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Get rid of all the hateful comments on social media, and force people to speak respectfully to one another in person. You don’t learn anything hiding behind a computer screen.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Give my wonderful staff huge bonuses for putting up with me.
I DRIVE AN: Ugly teal 2006 Chrysler minivan that I am slightly embarrassed to admit how much I like.
I WISH I DROVE A: Bike more often.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Bread starter, I started it over 15 years ago in California, and brought some back with me. We feed it daily to keep it alive.
IF I COULD HAVE A DINNER PARTY WITH A FEW SPECIAL PEOPLE, I WOULD INVITE: My two grandfathers, Frank Mansfield and Natale Totire. I didn’t get the chance to know them.
— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro