A grocery store is like a carnival midway–it offers shelves and shelves of goodies guarded by employees who hope you don’t knock down any stacks of bottles. Step right up to this Groupon.
- $19 for $30 worth of gourmet Italian groceries and wine
J. Viviano & Sons
John Viviano Sr. knew an opportunity when he saw one. His humble factory income could barely support one person, let alone his growing family, so the young Italian immigrant was inspired to open his own business. What began as a bleach-selling outfit headquartered in his bathtub quickly expanded to include a small storefront populated with gourmet Italian foods. By 1949 John needed even more elbowroom, so he moved his enterprise to its current location on the Hill and began wearing shirts with giant sleeves.
Retro album covers and movie posters overlook shelf after shelf of specialty sauces, olive oils, and pastas. The aroma of fresh cheeses, deli meats, and prepared foods flits through the air, further adding to the store’s old-world feel. In addition to providing stellar ingredients to local customers and buyers throughout the country, the family also shares and sells some of their own favorite recipes, including Mama’s tomato sauces, italian meatballs, and fool-proof risotto.