Roma Foods is like no deli that many have ever encountered. As you walk in, you immediately feel a sense of family; you feel its heartbeat, dedication and see its patron loyalty. In a world where convenience usually outweighs quality, Roma Foods is at the pinnacle, by offering only the best products, service and taste. Frank Bolognino, the proud, eldest brother of four, whom all have a hand in both locations, had something to do with that.
“I took over the location in 1974 after my father died. I was 20 years old and no idea how to run the business, it was a lot of trial and error, but I think we turned out alright.” Although Frank and his brothers grew up in Roma Foods, being the newly appointed owner definitely resulted in a learning curve. “I played on boxes, when I was real young, and worked the counter when I was fifteen, but beyond that, I had no real ownership experience, I was a kid. I dropped out of college to come home and take care of the family business.”
Frank is loyal— he believes in his business, his devoted patrons and his family, who inspired his love of it all before he even realized it. His passion for excellent, authentic Italian cuisine started when he was just a child. “We would go to my grandmother’s house quite often, she lived on a farm and we had fresh meat and handmade pasta.” He smiled as he recalled a lesson he learned soon after he took over his father’s business, when a customer reminded him that quality always prevails no matter the cost. To this day, Frank only sells and serves the best foods at both the Latham and Saratoga locations.
In an industry where competition keeps cropping up, Frank has learned that the hard work and time that he has invested into Roma is well worth it. “It’s extremely rewarding to be my own boss, having the respect of the community, building a reputation— it’s my life, I’ve been doing it for 40 years.” As for his goals for Roma Foods, he just wants to keep going and making people as happy as possible, with no plans for retirement any time soon. His advice for anyone planning on opening a deli— “Be prepared to work tough and long hours, not enjoy your holidays, but know that it’s all worth it in end!”
Roma Foods has two locations both in Latham, NY at 9 Cobbee Road, Latham, NY 12110 and in Saratoga Springs at 222 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. You can order over the phone, check out their menus or learn more at www.romafoods.com.