It’s now official!
We have welcomed Roma Foods Importing Co.’s Latham and Saratoga locations into the Cardona’s Market family.
Cardona’s Market has been serving the Albany community and beyond for over 75 years from our Delaware Avenue location. With this new transition, we are so excited to welcome a new family of customers and want you all to know that while the name on the storefronts will change, what won’t is the level of customer service excellence that you loved about Roma’s.
We are committed to offering the highest quality products, engaging with and listening to our patrons, and providing the best customer service experience possible. We look forward to sharing our family traditions, homemade products, and passion for Italian food with you all!
Please take a moment to watch a special video message from August Cardona, a third-generation owner of Cardona’s Market.
For 75 years Roma Foods Importing Co. and the Bolognino family have provided Latham and Saratoga with the finest quality Italian and imported goods selection.
For 75 years Roma Foods Importing Co. and the Bolognino family have provided Latham and Saratoga with the finest quality Italian and imported goods selection. We are honored to merge the foundation you know and love with Cardona’s Market’s offering and leadership. With a combined experience of over 150 years, we look forward to continuing to serve the Capital Region and seeing you soon at the market.
In 1946, after serving in the US Navy, Frank D. Bolognino teamed up with his cousin, Vince Pellegrino, and opened the original Roma Importing Co. in the heart of Albany, NY’s “Little Italy.” Two years later, Frank’s brother Jim joined the thriving business, where the focus was to provide quality Italian foods and deli offerings to local customers and businesses.
With the development of the South Mall adjacent to the first location, the brothers saw a limited future in downtown Albany. In 1961, they decided to open a second store in the suburb of Latham, the crossroads of the Tri-Cities. Two years later, the Albany store closed its doors, and the brothers were side by side again in Latham.
A decade later, Jim retired due to health reasons, and Frank was the sole proprietor. After only 9 months on his own, Frank (Senior) died suddenly, and the business was taken over by his eldest son Frank. Within a few years, Frank was joined by his younger brothers, John, Peter, and Paul. A new store was built in 1978, across the street from the Latham location, and in October of that year, a new beginning was at hand. With the increased size and convenient location, the product line expanded to include foods from Greece, the Near East, and most of Europe.
Roma Foods Importing Company expanded again to South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, in 1984. Bursting at the seams, Roma Foods Saratoga moved in 2002 to its current location on Washington Street. The Latham store includes a full-service catering/prepared foods kitchen and all-natural meats, fish, and produce, becoming a one-stop destination for anyone who loves great food, quality groceries, and reasonable prices.