New artisan bakery in Waterville, Maine

Adrian Sulea in his bakery, Universal Bread. Photo by Ramona du Houx

Tucked away on 19 Temple Street is Universal Bread, a new bakery specializing in old world artisan bread. 

In movies of Europe, when there is a street scene in the daytime the viewer can usually see a long baguette in shopping bags, on the backs of bicycles, or in the hands of city goes always wrapped in a white. Most people in towns across the continent still wake up and go to their local baker for the morning’s fresh bread. It’s a tradition Adrian Sulea of North Anson wants to establish in Waterville.

Sulea said he named his business Universal Bread because, “the only standard bread should be held against is its Universality. Bread baking is an art that endures history and transcends cultures. Bread has its personality equally touched both by the baker and those who daily appreciate its significance.”

Sulea’s bread is authentic down to the fluffy light center. He uses all natural ingredients with just yeast, water and wheat. A baguette is well worth $3.50. He also sells boules and batards, and whole wheat is available as well. 

Bread is considered a staple in many cultures but represents so much more. It’s a comfort that brings people together. While processed and packaged breads laced with sugar and fats have become the norm in supermarkets, there are growing numbers of bakers that are meeting the demand for artisan-baked bread in Maine. Adrian is the first located in the center of the city.

Adrian has a degree from the University of Maine at Farmington in Business Economics. While attending school he couldn’t find any fresh baked artisan bread like he was accustomed to in Romania so he started to bake his own from a traditional family recipe. After living in Boston, he decided to return to Maine, open Universal Bread and follow his passion.