At Famous Deli-licious Italian Pork Store, celebrating 30 years in business, you'll understand our commitment to service and quality food when you learn about our background. Passionate to teach people about Old World Italian Food, owner Giovanni (John) Papandrea was born and grew up in southern Italy's Calabria, one of 10 children born to Rosa and Pasquale Papandrea. Raised on the family farm in southern Italy, his love for food began at an early age. After school, there were chores to be done; they picked olives, squashed grapes with their feet to make wine, raised pigs, chickens and sheep. As a young boy, Giovanni watched his father make ricotta over the fireplace and watched his mother stew tomato sauce. in and came to America with his family in 1967. He settled in Brooklyn, where he started working in the food industry to help support his family.
In 1967, Giovanni and his family immigrated to the United States, settling in Brooklyn, NY. He opened his first Italian Salumeria in Bensonhurst at age 17 and hasn’t stopped cooking and sharing his love for Italian food and heritage since. In 1988, he relocated his family to Orange County and the Middletown Pork Store opened its doors for business.
Since then, he and his family and staff have been serving customers delicious prepared foods that use family recipes handed down through generations. Now Giovanni is enjoying teaching the next generation, his three grandsons, about the business and their heritage. The Famous Deli-licious team is dedicated to providing only the finest products and service to their customers and as many know - they love to have you sample their products when you visit the store!
In 2005, Giovanni began making his delicious Reduced Balsamic which is made and bottled right in the Middletown store. Stop in and taste this amazing vinegar anytime! In 2016, he added a premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil to his line of Specialty Products.
Whether it's one of our specialty sandwiches for lunch or catering for a special occasion, Famous Deli-licious is ready to satisfy your appetite!