Local music fans are used to seeing Dino Lopreiato behind the drums in bands like Chaibaba and Machete Kisumontao. But you can also find him behind a great big table of bread at local farmers' markets, representing Vibo's Italian Bakery, the Brackenridge operation he owns and runs with his family.
Lopreiato's mother started Vibo's — named for the city in Calabria where the family is from — 30 years ago. It's still a family affair, with Dino's father working full time, and his brother helping out.
Lopreiato started taking baked goods (breads of all sorts, plus big sellers like pepperoni bread and sweet fried dough) to markets after discovering markets beyond the bakery itself. A trip to a flea market down the street in Brackenridge revealed untapped customers: "I was on the same street, but the people there never came in the bakery."
Now he and his family and friends can be found at farmers' markets in Bloomfield, Carrick, the South Side and Squirrel Hill, among others. He also appears every third Sunday at the Fleatique in Tarentum, where his team makes several trips back and forth from the bakery with fresh goods.
Despite the long hours of the bakery life (a good 80 hours a week during the summer), Lopreiato still finds time for music. "Other musicians drink whiskey all night and sleep all day," he says. "I play music, then get up early to make bread."