Another heartbreaker, on Wednesday I spotted a “For Sale” sign in the window of Fiorella’s – another long time neighborhood business closing. Fiorella Sausage Company was established in 1892 by Luigi Fiorella. Four generations later, the tradition of seven handmade sausages was carried on by great-grandson Dan, who has been at the store for over fifty years, along with his wife Trish.
The recipes remained unchanged, along with the interior of the store – the ornate tile, tin ceilings, the original refrigerator, as well as the brass National cash register that dates back to 1901 are still in the shop. I was fortunate enough to meet with Dan and Trish several years ago on a job, and took these photos of their shop.
One hundred and twenty six years is a magnificent run for a family business, they will be missed. I wish the Fiorellas all the best!
More photos of the store behind the cut.
Founder Luigi Fiorella
The menu and counter
The refrigerator – Dan said it was insulated with cork
An industrial scale