E. 48th Street Market in Dunwoody

E. forty eighth Avenue Market, which opened on September 30, 1986, celebrates 37 years in enterprise in Dunwoody.

Based by Charlie and Anita Augello, it displays the couple’s Italian roots, providing a variety of do-it-yourself sandwiches and ready meals, together with specialty groceries and wines.

A few of their youngsters and grandchildren have labored on the market through the years, and their daughter Andrea now runs the day-to-day operations.

Each the Augellos are first-generation Italian Individuals who grew up in New York Metropolis, the place they first met as college youngsters.

Anita’s father was from Tuscany and her mom was from the Piedmont area of Italy. Charlie’s mother and father have been from Sicily.

“I grew up on East forty eighth Avenue in Manhattan,” Charlie recalled in a latest market dialog. “We met in sixth grade, as a result of we went to the identical Catholic college on East forty third, and amazingly, each of our mother and father arrived in New York Metropolis in 1912.”

Earlier than deciding to attempt the meals enterprise, Charlie spent 20 years within the electronics trade.

“We moved eight completely different instances, and after we moved to Dunwoody, I did not wish to transfer anymore, so we got here up with this idea,” he stated.

“Once we began, we did not have meals. It was strictly grocery and takeout. However, inside a couple of years, folks have been insisting on consuming right here,” so that they obtained a restaurant license to supply service contained in the constructing.

As phrase unfold, so did the shopper base, with some common prospects touring lengthy distances to purchase genuine Italian components they could not discover anyplace else.

“We ate contemporary mozzarella from day one, made our personal sausages, and ate contemporary pasta,” Charlie stated.

He stated the Meals Community’s look on tv helped their enterprise: “Folks bought extra enthusiastic about cooking, and they might come to see us.”

Though Charlie largely works part-time on the market lately, he’s liable for wine gross sales, which has turn out to be an rising a part of the enterprise.

“We began with an assortment of 12 bottles. Now we’ve got over 160.” “I choose, fee and worth the wines. If folks wished to spend $15, they might get high-quality wine. We even have a wine dispenser, so you may have a glass together with your meals.

Anita had labored for almost 40 years as an actual property agent, however she was out there early. Most not too long ago, she wrote a cookbook known as Pasta Pasta Ancora, which incorporates about 300 recipes, specializing in meals from the Piedmont and Tuscany areas, in addition to Sicily.

“I wished my youngsters to grasp our household and background,” she stated. “They did not know their grandparents, so I made a decision to place collectively a cookbook with some tales, and it simply grew and grew.”

The recipes originated from either side of the household, many relationship again to Anita and Charlie’s early days in New York Metropolis.

“A number of the recipes are from my grandmother, who had a pension in New Jersey,” Anita stated. “My father’s mom lived within the little brownstone subsequent door to us. She did loads of household cooking rising up, so a few of my recipes come from Tuscany. I used to be fortunate to spend so much of time with Charlie’s mom and watch her prepare dinner.”

Summarizing the story of E. forty eighth Avenue Market, Anita stated it is all about household and group.

“I feel what I am most pleased with is that once we have been deciding what we wished to do and the place we have been going to be, we did a demographic examine and it was determined that Dunwoody can be the perfect place.” She remembered. “So, once we opened, we wished it to be community-oriented. That is the factor I am most pleased with. We have accomplished loads with this retailer and for the group.”

E – forty eighth Avenue Market. 2462 Gate Ferry Highway, Dunwoody. 770-392-1499, e48thstreetmarket.com

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