Well it has happened AGAIN.....I am not sure what the problem is with some Trumbullites. We have lost ANOTHER personalized, family owned business.... Porricelli's "where everybody knows your name and they're always glad you came."
I am devastated that we have "thrown away" Porricelli's Food Mart because of misconceptions. Sure, they didn't have the variety of the larger, MUCH less personal SUPERmarkets, but if you wanted something, they would get it for you.
Your groceries were bagged without your bread looking like a "sculpture" of a monster by the time you got home. The cashiers would tell you if something was on sale and you missed it and you were buying something else. You were ALWAYS greeted by name, senior citizens were treated with the respect they have earned over their many years on this earth.
People were under the misconception that that they were paying a premium because you were afforded personal service, in a store with beautiful hand painted al fresco scenes, baggers and finally your groceries were taken out to your car and placed with care.
Well, you were wrong...I did a comparison shop with a friend. She went to the larger chain and I went to Porricelli's....hmmmm, funny thing, Porricelli's was CHEAPER! Some items may be more, but others were less, leveling the playing field. I am sure many of our first responders and law enforcement officers will miss the delicious foods that are hot and waiting for them, along with scrumptious sandwiches for lunch or dinner.
When my sweet Mom was still with us, I bought her so many of Porricelli's ready meals. I always felt secure that she was having delicious, home cooked mealsl. In addition to my Mom, they all knew our daughter's name, complimented her on her graduation form Trumbull High, Salve Regina University and now they took great interest in her attending medical school at Wesleyan University.
EVERYTHING about Porricelli's from the owners , to the staff, to the incredible meat department, FRESH produce and bakery will be sorely missed by my family. I have lived in Trumbull for 25 years and this is the first time we are giving serious thought to moving out.
It is difficult to live in a community that doesn't support its businesses. When Dick Aiello owned these properties, NONE of this was an issue. Good luck to the new landlords who are "dressing up" the buildings...they look so beautiful EMPTY....and I am ashamed to say, that by not supporting these "mom& Pop businesses, we, as Trumbullites, share the responsibility in their demise. Porriceli's, the Van Zandt Family will miss you, all.... :-(