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Giulianova groceria offers more than Italian

A 40-capacity dining room is available for rent at Westminster's local Italian grocery. (Image courtesy Giulianova's.)A 40-capacity dining room is available for rent at Westminster's local Italian grocery. (Image courtesy Giulianova's.)

Giulianova Italian Groceria and Deli, located in downtown Westminster, opened in 1986 and has served the Westminster community an eclectic range of Italian goods and sandwiches ever since.

A scene from the popular tourist destination, Giulianova, Italy, where Tony's grandparents came from and where Giulianova's gets its name.  (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

A scene from the popular tourist destination, Giulianova, Italy, where shop founder Tony D’Eugenio’s grandparents came from and where Giulianova’s gets its name. (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

The grocery was originally owned by Tony D’Eugenio, who named it after the town in which his grandparents grew up, Giulianova.

In 2003 Bill Schroeder bought Giulianova from D’Eugenio, who stayed on for a short period of time after he sold his store to help Schroeder learn the business. Schroeder, who is a religious education teacher at St. John’s Catholic Church in Westminster and a self-proclaimed Oriole’s fan, didn’t change much when he took the business over.  About the only thing to have changed, he says, has been the wider variety of food available for purchase.

And while there is a greater diversity available, Schroeder states, the store goes “out of our way to locally source everything that we do here.”

An Italian grocery might not be the first thought for Christmas shopping, but Giulianova has options for any holiday-event planned. Customers can select from a wide variety of soups, appetizers, main dishes, and desserts, and full catering is available. Many of the recipes used at Giulianova are handed down from D’Euenio and Schroeder’s families and the rest are Giulianova classics.

Among its biggest sellers are the shop’s meatballs which are made by hand and include their own homemade marinara sauce.  In fact, the shop claims that everything they make is made from scratch.

Subs are also a big part of life at Giulianova. A large hoagie menu offers up something for most patrons. The biggest seller, their “bread and butter,” says Schroeder, “is the Italian cold cut… it is perfection on a bun.”

A 40-capacity dining room is available for rent at Westminster's local Italian grocery.  (Image courtesy Giulianova's.)

A 40-capacity dining room is available for rent at Westminster’s local Italian grocery. (Image courtesy Giulianova’s.)

If a sub doesn’t like a holiday treat, Giulianova’s does offer a holiday themed menu that includes sherry and butter boneless turkey, beef Wellington, and Grand Marnier ham.

While labeled an Italian groceria, customers of this locally owned and operated business can find much more than just Italian foods. As Schroeder says, “we’re not just Italian, we are German, we’re polish, we do Cajun, we love the Blues… we have everything that an Italian groceria has, but we take it to another step.”

Included in that extra step are such non-traditional grocery store amenities as cooking classes and catering.  They also offer a dining room with seating for 40 that can be rented for catered holiday parties.

On Dec 14, a 5-course Italian-style dinner with “Frank Sinatra” is being offered.  The shop also sponsors the pregame show of McDaniel football and basketball on WTTR.

Giulianova Italian Groceria and Deli is located in downtown Westminster at 11 East Main Street, Westminster, Maryland, 21157.  More information on their cooking classes, catering, and holiday dinner programs can be found at their website.

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