Well, just outside of the Bronx in Westchester County, New York. Chris and Tommy Guarino grew up in a middle-class, Italian American family. Their grandparents had come to the US from Sicily and Naples, bringing the country’s deep-rooted culinary traditions. Ever since they were children, food and family have been a big part of their lives. They fondly remember their grandparent’s garden and grand feasts at the different homes of all of their relatives.
When their uncle moved to Wilmington in the ’90s, they followed to scout new opportunities. At lunchtime, they searched for an Italian delicatessen that served sandwiches like they had back home but couldn’t find one. So, with no food service experience but plenty of entrepreneurial spirit, they decided to open one themselves in 1994.
They took crash courses at the delis of friends and family in New York, but what they needed to know the most they already did. For years, they had been learning how food can bring people together, how fresh ingredients make all the difference, and how to treat anyone who walks through their door like family. Shortly after opening, Craig, a Jersey native—who grew up in the Italian deli business—joined the crew. He instantly became a part of the family, and eventually, Chris and Tommy’s business partner.
To this day, their Italian flavors, stacked-high sandwiches, and unique ingredients cannot be found anywhere else in Wilmington. While Tommy has since retired, Chris, Craig, his son Carmine, daughter Samantha, and dedicated crew continue to bring their beloved family traditions to the Port City.
We would like to say a big “thank you” to Wilmington for all the love and support we have received over the years. We look forward to serving this community for years to come!
Visit today and taste why we were voted The #1 Deli in the Port City!