Anna Panucci was born to Anna and Franco Panucci from the Bronx.
It was at her father’s bakery where she developed the desire to become a chef. After graduating from the Bronx High School of Science and against her father’s wishes, she enrolled in the Institute of Culinary Education.
But, a fire that burned the family bakery to the ground, brought her back to the Bronx to care for her ailing parents. She soon met a young detective investigating the case: Tony Franelli.
After the two were married, Anna re-opened her father’s bakery, where today, it is known to have the best cannolis in the city.