New Italian market and wine store opening in Olympia from chefs behind Bar Gran Sasso

Jun 11, 2024 175

BY: Jane Godiner

Chefs who've worked at TerraEnzo's and Bar Gran Sasso have teamed up to establish Alimentari Don Luigi, a new Italian wine and grocery store that's slated to open on June 20 at 11 a.m. Located in Suite C of 612 Whaley Street, Columbia (SC), Don Luigi's wooden-accented, chocolate-brown walls display over 120 unique bottles of wine — at least one, co-owners Joe Cardinale and Joby Wetzel said, from every region in Italy.

The store also features pasta, jarred sauce, Italian snacks and a cold cuts section with imported provisions from across the country, from New Jersey Italian delis to a whole, bone-in Tennessee Country Ham. The co-owners met while working at their respective culinary ventures — Wetzel as the sous chef of West Columbia's Terra and Cardinale as the owner of Italian sandwich shop Enzo's.

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