For the family, the shipwreck couldn't have happened at a worse moment. The bakery is proud of its focaccia bread stuffed with onions marinated for 12 hours. The summer before the Concordia collision it had opened a tiny storefront selling pizza by the slice, focaccia and local sweets like bread laced with sugar and raisins.
But the bigger-spending tourists who would splurge on fancy cakes were chased away by the macabre reminder of death and horror just outside the port, said Filippo Di Cristina, grandson of the bakery's founder.
Instead the island saw a sharp jump in the number of day tourists shuttling in from the mainland after an hour-long ferry ride.
"They get off the ferry and don't even turn the corner" from the dock and discover the bakery, he said. "They just go straight to see the ship" and then head back home.
As soon as dawn broke on Tuesday, islanders like Aldo Mattera hurried down to harbor, relieved that the ambitious project to set the Concordia upright had succeeded.
"It was time to remove the wreck, but maybe it should have been done sooner," he said.
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