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.
In 1980, the Tramonte family founded THE ITALIAN STORE featuring fresh mozzarella, subs, sandwiches and N. Y. Pizza as well as boasting one of largest selections of Italian wines in the area.
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 scratch. The store also features many meats and cheeses imported from Italy and are very happy to accommodate any Italian product request.