|Vincent Tramonte was born in N.Y. City the son
of Italian parents from Calabria and Civitavecchia. He came to
Northern Virginia to practice law in the 1940’s and although a
beautiful area, it was difficult finding good Italian food.
As time went on, he realized that there were many
transplanted people from New York and other big cities that very
much missed the food he called “the good stuff”. This became the
business plan for the Italian Store, get the products people want
that are hard to find. With the help of Mama Tramonte in the
kitchen, preparing dishes from the family recipes, and his two sons,
working the store and procuring the products the plan was set.
The store’s approach is to bring a wide range
of Italian products (mainly food and wine) to its customers. Many of
the hard to find items are imported directly from Italy, brought
down from New York or prepared from