Posted Jul 24th, 2019 in Retail Roundup
America is a melting pot of cultures, a unique blend of people whose heritage includes multiple countries. This diversity is reflected in the food culture in Downtown Wilmington where you can find restaurants and shops serving or selling food from around the world.
The Italian Gourmet Market on South Front Street is one of those specialty stores where almost all of the products are from or made in Italy. When the owner Frank Delia first opened the store in 2000, he wanted people to have access to real Italian food like freshly grated cheeses, butter of Parma, wine, pasta, oils and vinegars.
Using his Italian connections, Frank visited factories in Sicily to find the best olive oil and today, he still buys from the same supplier. True aficionados know that pure olive oil deteriorates when exposed to light so it is only ever sold in dark glass or solid containers. The oils sold in clear glass bottles at the grocery stores are blends.
Once you taste the best olive oil, you will be back for more…which is why Frank sells 3-liter cans of the good stuff that has a shelf-life of six months. He also sells authentic bruschetta seasoning. And, if you still need convincing, you can try a sample of bruschetta—mop up a mixture of oil and vinegar with a piece of crusty Italian ciabatta and imagine you’re soaking up the beauty of Sicily.
The best way to experience another culture is learning about it through food or from a person who has lived there. Frank buys fresh mozzarella from Naples and canned tomatoes from the nearby San Marzano region.
Ask about any of the products and he will tell you where it is from and why it is good. Did you know that balsamic vinegar is really good on ice cream?
Italian ice cream may be something you’re familiar with. If so, try The Italian Gourmet Market’s ice-cold gelato on a hot day and you’ll be glad you did. If you want something sweet, indulge in cannoli, delicious Italian pastries from Sicily.
You can also buy cookbooks to learn how to make these or other Italian recipes. If you’re just looking for an authentic Italian souvenir, there are some delightful olive wood carvings, a selection of traditional Italian pottery and more to choose from. The Italian Gourmet Market offers a selection of all things Italian.
Hours: Mon-Fri, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sat, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sun, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Italian Gourmet Market
22 S Front St
Wilmington, NC 28401