Just like the Dean Martin song, Volare, that is playing as we enter the store, “we fly away from the maddening crowds…and sing in the glow of a star that we know…where lovers enjoy peace of mind and leave the confusion and disillusion behind.” This is Jimmy’s Food Store at Bryan and Fitzhugh, where the brothers DiCarlo concentrate on doing what they do best: serve up the finest that Italy has to offer with friendly smiles, in a quaint multi-ethnic neighborhood.
We love to entertain family, friends, and clients in our home. When it comes to the cuisine that defines satisfaction for us, we go to Jimmy’s neighborhood. The purest Italian cheeses, deli meats, sausages, meatballs, coffee, olives, olive oil, homemade pasta, homemade desserts, and pizza dough are found here. There is no finer selection of wines from the bounty of Italy’s top wine-producing regions: the Veneto, Campania, Abruzzo, Tuscany, Piedmont, Friuli, Trentino-Alto Adige, Basilicata, Umbria, the Marches, Sicily, and Sardinia. Wine experts are in the house every Saturday for Jimmy’s free tastings of the weekly featured wines and to assist in your selections for a casual dinner for two or a large holiday party.
After a devastating fire in 2004 that almost destroyed the 1920s era building and the business along with it, the DiCarlos set up temporary sales in the Siegal’s store in the Quadrangle until their restoration was completed. The rehabilitation enhanced the Italian offerings and expanded the facilities, adding an area to eat sandwiches and drink a glass of wine, and creating a private wine tasting room where wine dinners and wine flights are launched by visiting representatives of the Italian vintners. It’s remarkable that the history of the fire is respected in the restoration. The masonry walls and parts of the original vintage tin ceiling were preserved.
If you fly (volare) over to Jimmy’s on Saturdays, we’ll see you there. You’ll hear us humming along with Dean, “just like bird of a feather, a rainbow together we’ll find. No wonder my happy heart sings!”
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