Some of the excellent bread for which the area around Vesuvius was renowned was made in this bakery on Via dell’Abbondanza, opposite the House of Trebius Valens. As the building did not include a shop, the bread produced was evidently sold elsewhere. This was one of the thirty-one bakeries and cake shop in the town and the name its reputed owner, Sotericus, appears on the front of the inn next-door. The large workshop where bread was made extended across two older buildings and was equipped with shelves, worktops and a dough kneading machine. The workshop also had an oven, a grain warehouse, a bedroom for the workers and four different-size machines driven by donkeys kept in the adjoining stable.