Dish Scoop: Caffe Italia to Open Italian Market

Posted: June 18th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Italian, Marblehead, Marketplace | Tags: , | 2 Comments »

Curious about some recent renovations at Caffe Italia in Marblehead, we spoke with Donna Oliviero, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband Anthony. Oliviero told us the right-hand side of the restaurant space will soon be converted into a market featuring prepared foods and Italian imports. More tables will be added to the bar side to accommodate diners.

Oliviero is understandably excited about the new venture, which will open in early August. For one thing, although she’s been in the restaurant business for 27 years, she has never tried a retail component. For another, this will be the only Italian market of this type in the area.

A large variety will be on offer in the market. Prepared dinners for one will be made fresh and ready to be heated at home ($7.95 each). A selection of à la carte prepared foods will also be available, including stuffed artichokes, stuffed peppers, and arancini.

Bakery items will include Italian bread, the restaurant’s popular dinner rolls, and biscotti. Two sandwiches will be made on the premises-baked bread every day: a daily special and the restaurant’s signature prosciutto, basil, and mozzarella.

Grocery items will include specialty jams, Italian sodas, and dried imported pasta. The restaurant’s pasta will also be available fresh and frozen, along with its tomato sauce, bolognese sauce, and pesto. Pasta and chicken dishes will be available for catering orders to feed anywhere from 10 to 40 people. And last but not least, prosciutto parma, parmesan reggiano cheese, and romano cheese will be sold by the pound.

Oliviero promised to keep us apprised about the exact opening date so we can report back with a review of the food and pictures of the new space.

Caffe Italia
10 School St., Marblehead
(781) 631-5700


2 Comments on “Dish Scoop: Caffe Italia to Open Italian Market”

  1. #1 Penny said at 9:43 pm on June 18th, 2009:

    I like shops run by chefs. They not only have high standards, they can then sell at retail items you might not be able to get on your own.

    In Boston we have a few places that are chef driven and are willing to help out a home cook if they want a special item like a truffle.

  2. #2 JR said at 9:24 am on June 19th, 2009:

    Yes, we are really looking forward to having this in our back yard. That’s a good point about helping out home cooks–this sounds like it’s going to be a great resource.

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