Family owned Italian store brings homemade sausage, meatballs and more
The name of the store might already sound familiar. The bell's ringing because Squadrito Foods has been in business since 1949 when it was first opened on the north side of the city of Syracuse by Frank Squadrito and his wife Catherine.
The Squadrito Family said the store thrived on South Avenue as it gained a local following of regular customers who craved homemade sausage and meatballs, along with a variety of olives, pastas, cheeses and sauces, all Italian.
The store also relocated to Ash Street in Syracuse when the family trailed the Italian neighborhood's following.
Frank's daughter Frances took over the family business in 1981 with her husband Vito Cusumano. Now that the Cusumanos have been running the store for almost 29 years, they thought it was time for a new location.
According to the Cusumanos, much of their clientele resides in the Liverpool area, which they have also called home since '77.
While many customers limited their visits to the city location because of the distance, Frances said there is new light, with the new location.
"My customers are very excited," she said. "It's easier to come here. A lot of old customers have come back already."
Because the family lives in the village, they said they know the area and feel their location is better embedded in the community at 207 Oswego St., Liverpool.
Frances said the family is now only minutes away from the store and feels a better connection to the community they serve since they relocated in mid-November.
The new location also provides the family the opportunity to offer take-out orders and serve eat-in dining, which is something the family has wanted to do for years, Frances said.
Customers can choose between ordering pre-cooked homemade Italian sausage for takeout so it can be prepared at home or come in to eat a salad, soup or a panini.