Philomena Scalia, Little Italy stalwart and renowned baker, dies

Apr 15, 2021 271


Philomena Rose Scalia, recalled as one of Little Italy’s most prolific home bakers, appeared healthy and resilient when she was photographed last year for a Baltimore Sun article describing how her community was coping with the coronavirus pandemic.

Though she was healthy until earlier this year, she died of COVID-19 complications Tuesday at Mercy Medical Center. She was 92. A longtime worker in the State’s Attorney’s Office for Baltimore City, she was a locally renowned baker and once made cassata and rum cakes for President Jimmy Carter while he visited Baltimore.

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