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
That is truly sad, and an end of an era!
There are several businesses in my neighborhood that have been around for over 100 years – the Fiorella’s were nice people,and I hate to see them go. But he’s been at the shop since 1966 – so it’s time to retire.
A sad day indeed to hear this news, but, your health is much more important!! I will miss the best sausage in the world!!!! Good luck to you all!!!!
Unlike what you buy in supermarkets, Fiorello’s sausage was fresh – it was made on a daily basis. Meaning that it wasn’t cured or packed with nitrates for a longer shelf life. Typically, those are the ingredients that make sausage a no-no. All things in moderation….
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