Las Vegas singer takes time to loaf around
Naomi Mauro says of herself and husband, Gio,“We can make bread, a lot of bread,” Mauro said in a phone chat this week. “At first it was therapeutic, but so far it’s been something people are enjoying, so that’s good.”
Updated March 26, 2020 - 10:47 am
Whether singing in front of a 20-member orchestra or baking dozens of loaves of bread in a single day, Naomi Mauro puts on a show.
Mauro has fronted the powerhouse David Perrico Pop Evolution orchestra. That’s how we met, about eight years ago at South Point Showroom. And with her husband, Gio, Mauro can bake upward of 60 loaves of sourdough a day.
That latter skill is in play today. Gio and Naomi own and manage Pizzeria Monzu at 6020 W. Flamingo Road, Suite No. 10. The family business has been Naomi’s Saturday nights singing gigs, which is, of course, tabled as the business is closed except for pickup — of bread. At $7 a loaf. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Go to www.monzulv.com or call 702-749-5959.
The restaurant has become Sourdough Central since March 18, when the couple noticed coverage of Las Vegans mobbing grocery stores for bread.
“We can make bread, a lot of bread,” Mauro said in a phone chat this week. “At first it was therapeutic, but so far it’s been something people are enjoying, so that’s good.”
The couple are making and selling at least 50 loaves every day. Most of the sales are to individual customers. Some are to smaller grocery stores. The demand remains strong — the couple sold 50 more loaves Wednesday.
This is Mauro’s routine for the time being. Her final gig before the statewide business shutdown was March 12 at Piazza at Tuscany Suites.
“I’m in a resoution-minded state, where I know we need to wait it out and it’s going to be OK,” Mauro says. “We’re just serving the community. Our bread is great. It comes right from our ovens, and it’s as natural and beautiful product as you can get.”
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