The Next Generation will reopen Schenectady’s La Gioia Italian Deli this fall – The Daily Gazette

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SCHENECTADY — La Gioia Italian Deli, a city staple that closed after 33 years in June, is now set to reopen later this year.

Laura Marino – daughter and niece of the duo who opened La Gioia’s in January 1989 – is remodeling the grocery store at 2003 Van Vranken Ave. and hopes to reopen the family-run establishment with all of its original offerings and a few new bindings, by the end of October.

“We all worked very hard there,” Marino said on Sunday. “And I just couldn’t let go.”

La Gioia’s was a beloved spot in the Goose Hill neighborhood known for its welcoming atmosphere as well as homemade subs and other Italian offerings, until Marino’s mother, Modest Morson, and her aunt, Anna DiCocco, decided to close the business on June 25 in order to rest and focus on their health.

Plans were in place to sell the business but, when the sale fell through and time passed, Marino said she couldn’t bear the thought of walking away from the family business, which opened its doors at the age of 11, without first trying to make it work. her own.

Now on the helm, she admitted she briefly considered taking a sales job or putting her nursing degree to good use after the deli closed, but she always enjoyed working in La Gioia – her “ second home” – and wanted to continue his family legacy.

“To be honest, I just had time to think things through and soak it all up,” Marino said. “And all the while, I’ve got this fire inside of me that’s just – it’s my life. It’s in my blood. It was our family thing.”

Last month, the 44-year-old announced his plans to reopen the grocery store on Facebook and was met with overwhelming support. Over 400 people left enthusiastic comments and over 300 shared the post.

“What fabulous news. We’ve missed you so much. I can’t wait until you reopen!” a comment read.

“My heart and my table will be full again,” read another.

“Goosebumps, I just can’t control it because of the love and kindness I feel with all the positive comments and people still reaching out to me,” Marino said of the support.

The charcuterie, she said, will feature all the La Gioia classics, including house sauce, meatballs and pasta, but will include more imported produce and ready meals.

The business will also retain its family roots, said the new generation of owners.

Morson and DiCocco will both help out in the kitchen, working as they please, to make sure the charcuterie has the same standards, and Morson said Marino’s daughter, now in college, will step in whenever there’s a problem. help will be needed.

“That’s probably the greatest complement,” Marino said, “knowing that I have them by my side.”

Work is also underway to revamp the interior of the building, including upgrading the freezers, installing new counters and giving everything a fresh coat of paint. Marino said the goal is to reopen the doors next month, but noted that it all depends on when the items arrive.

The goal, she said, is to stay true to La Gioia’s heritage while bringing her own touch, or “Laura sass,” to the establishment.

“I want them to say, ‘Hey Laura, good job. Now go get me some meatballs,'” Marino said.

To stay informed of the reopening of La Gioia Italian Deli, follow the establishment on Facebook.

Contact journalist Chad Arnold at: [email protected] Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold.

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