The Ladies of Carlo's: Mary
There's something about Mary! Have you been waiting to hear from this sister in our Ladies of Carlo's series? Here's our interview -- where Mary dishes about her ultimate bakery weakness and her hidden talent. Oh, yeah. She also tells us what she really thought about seeing her portrait on a cake!
TLC: What's your role at the bakery?
Mary: Well, I'm an owner and I run the front.
TLC: Do your kids spend much time at Carlo's?
Mary: They're a handful! During the summer, they love being at the bakery. It's one of the things they ask to do the most. They like to help in the front, and then they'll go and pick someone to help them make a cake.
My son is Joseph Bartollo, and my daughter is Lucia. I don't have a middle name, and she doesn't, either. As for Joseph, his name honors my father -- a lot of our children have names that are similar to Dad's.
TLC: If you could be doing anything besides working at Carlo's, what would it be?
Mary: I'm actually a licensed cosmetologist. So, I guess I'd be running a salon. Maybe even running a hotel and doing a little hair and makeup on the side. When I was growing up, my dad talked about how he was going to buy a salon for Madeline and me (she also went to beauty school). We were going to call it M&M.
TLC: What's your favorite treat from Carlo's?
Mary: I like everything. I'd rather eat cake than food. Crumb cake, cookies, pastries -- I really love cake more than I do food! For my birthday, I like Buddy's lemon sponge with whipped cream and maybe raspberries. I also love lemon meringue and key lime pies. If Buddy made lemon meringue, I'd eat the whole pie with a spoon. They're banned from making lemon around me -- I'd be obese.
TLC: Describe Buddy in just one word.
Mary: Great. He's a great guy. He's a great brother. Honestly, I would just use the word "great" to describe him. He's a lot like my dad. Whoever needs him, he's there. Whatever I need, I ask him for. He's not just the Cake Boss -- he's a great guy to know. He'd give you the shirt off his back!
TLC: What's special about your relationship with Buddy?
Mary: Well, he's a godfather to my son. My kids and his kids are together all the time. They're the same age, so they play together and ride the school bus together, too. They do a lot of the same activities, like baseball and dance classes.
TLC: Do you think your kids will work at Carlo's one day?
Mary: I just want them to be happy -- working at the bakery is a lot of work! Maybe they'll use their brains from behind a desk. It's their decision. I'm sure they're going to love being at Carlo's if that's what they choose. My son says he's going to be the next Cake Boss. I think he'll pitch for the Yankees or Mets -- or maybe be a Giants player.
TLC: What would you like fans to know about you?
Mary: I'm really just a normal mom. That's my first role in life. Mom before anything else in the world! I love to shop -- I'm a big shopper. And I love to cook, hang out with my family, go down to the shore. I also have the biggest heart in the family. Some people take me as being a loud-mouth. I just don't like people yelling at me. I'll attack you like a shark if you yell at my family. I go out of my way for my friends.
TLC: What did you really think of the portrait cake from this season?
Mary: I was in my office doing work when he took the picture, and I didn't know what it was for. He's no Leonardo da Vinci, but given the picture he had to work with, I thought he did a great job. The cake was on display for months. If anyone was going to paint me, I'd want it to be Juan.
At the end of the day, it's a piece of cake. If you don't enjoy your cake, there's something wrong with you. My brother is a master artist, but it's flour, water, and eggs. Cake is cake, cake is good.
Image courtesy DCL