WALLINGFORD — Gigante’s Italian Deli on Route 68 is closing its doors after nearly 48 years in business.
Grace Giulietti, daughter of deli owner Maria Gigante, announced the eatery and specialty shop’s closure Friday via social media.
“Forty-eight years ago we started Gigante’s Deli in a small corner on the east side of Wallingford,” Giulietti said in a post in the Positively Wallingford Facebook group.
“Throughout that time, we have been honored to get to know and serve the wonderful families of our community,” she said.
Deli founder Antonio Gigante died in October at age 90. He operated Gigante’s alongside his wife, Maria Gigante, beginning in 1973.
Their sons Valentino and Joseph Gigante most recently operated the deli.
Giulietti opened Gigante's Too, 817 E. Center St., in 2012. The restaurant has closed temporarily due to the coronavirus pandemic, which was only part of the reason to close the original Gigante’s location, Giulietti said.
“While the (coronavirus pandemic) may have expedited this decision, we must emphasize this has been a conversation in the works for some time,” she said.
Jonathan Gavin, president of United Concrete Products, purchased the Gigante's property in late February for $350,000. United Concrete neighbor Gigante's on the west. Gavin could not be reached for comment Friday.
Gigante's started on the east side of town, not far from the current Gigante's Too, and was there for 11 years before moving to Route 68.
“We genuinely feel the members of our community have become part of our extended family, which is making retirement bittersweet,” Giulietti said. “We would like to thank all of our guests, and especially our regulars, who have continuously supported us throughout the years.”
Giulietti did not immediately return a request for further comment.