NEW BRITAIN - They‚Äôre a dying breed, according to Joe Tropea, but his store is one the best still around.
Italian market and specialty deli Angelo‚Äôs Market, at 349 West Main Street, has been operating out of the Hardware City since 1956, providing quality foods and service.
‚ÄúWe strive on quality, quality and quality,‚ÄĚ said Tropea, who began working at the market at age 11, under Angelo, an Italian opera singer who opened the market. Tropea took over the business at age 21.
The market offers prepared foods, all made from scratch, which range from fresh pastries; pizzas; stromboli; an olive bar; stuffed peppers with prosciutto and provolone; a wide array of deli meats, including sopresata from Italy; dried salted cod, as well as anything else requested. Deli sandwiches, salads and soups are also available.
‚ÄúPeople walk in and ask, ‚ÄėCan you make chicken Florentine for us?‚Äô‚ÄĚ said Tropea, who‚Äôs back in the kitchen with his chef all days of the week, alongside his manager, Sal Avella, and 20 employees preparing foods. ‚ÄúNo problem we make it.‚ÄĚ
The market also offers a storefront shop with oils, sauces, cheeses and various pantry items, and catering services for events all over the state. From a backyard party to a picnic or a stag party, Angelo‚Äôs Fine Catering will serve it all and even venture to New York, like they recently did.
‚ÄúWe don‚Äôt want to be fast food. We want to be good food, high quality‚Ä¶we don‚Äôt want to sell junk. Our customer‚Äôs come in because they know they‚Äôre getting real chicken, real produce.‚ÄĚ
The freshness is what makes Angelo‚Äôs different from other eateries.
‚ÄúWe actually make our food,‚ÄĚ said Tropea.
While some eateries are utilizing Uber Eats and online ordering more and more, Tropea said the best way to get food from Angelo‚Äôs is to stop by the stop and pay a visit in person because of the personal care that is put into each product.
‚ÄúJust like at home, it doesn‚Äôt take 10 minutes, you have to prepare it, you have to get the ingredients, you have to cook it and that‚Äôs what we do,‚ÄĚ said Tropea.
Along with the fresh foods, Tropea still operates his market and catering services through a face to face business model, too.
‚ÄúThey have respect,‚ÄĚ he said of other owners he works with. ‚ÄúWe sit down, have a coffee, still the old school way‚Ä¶if I have a problem with a product I can talk directly to the owner and we correct it right away.‚ÄĚ
For information on products and prepared foods at Angelo‚Äôs visit angelosmarket.com. Full catering options by Angelo‚Äôs Fine Catering can be found at myangelos.com.
The store is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Their number is 860-223-7340.
‚ÄúWe want to continue to be traditional,‚ÄĚ said Tropea.
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