2017-10-01 / Business & Real Estate

Business Beat: DeRomo’s celebrates three years of serving Italian cuisine

By D. K. Christi

Francis Cuomo, owner of DeRomo’s Gourmet Market and Restaurant, at The Promenade in Bonita Springs. 
Staff | staff@swspotlight.com Francis Cuomo, owner of DeRomo’s Gourmet Market and Restaurant, at The Promenade in Bonita Springs. Staff | staff@swspotlight.com Francis Cuomo, owner and CEO of DeRomo’s Gourmet Market and Restaurant, said the market never lost power during Irma thanks to a generator. The restaurant reopened on Friday, Sept. 15 and DeRomo’s is moving forward with the three-year anniversary celebration to be held Oct. 15 with an Italian feast for the community from 1 to 6 p.m.

Last year about 3,000 people celebrated DeRomo’s two years in Bonita. Again this year, everything Italian – from authentic Italian food to music and entertainment for the whole family – will guarantee that festival patrons won’t need much imagination to feel like they’ve been transported to Italy while they enjoy the outdoor event at The Promenade.

Waiting for the celebration isn’t necessary to have that authentic Italian feeling. A stroll through DeRomo’s Gourmet Market delights the visitor at the bake shop, deli, cheese shop, wine shop and gift shop with a window to the fresh pastaria. Anyone planning a wedding or other festive event might check the spacious banquet facilities upstairs. The gift basket shop with Italian treats across from the restaurant will prepare and ship baskets anywhere.

“I recommend two hours to enjoy DeRomo’s,” said Cuomo. “One for the gourmet markets and the second to enjoy an innovative Italian meal in the restaurant.”

The aromas and the decorative street signs from Cuomo’s childhood neighborhood in the Bronx also bring back memories for patrons from New York.

Family is important to Cuomo, who is one of 10 children. As a tribute to his grandparents, he blended the two family names – DeRosa and Cuomo – to establish DeRomo’s, his Little Italy in Bonita Springs, inspired by youthful memories of the best Italian restaurants in New York and more than three decades in the restaurant business.

The artistic displays of everything from Italian kitchen implements to grab-and-go lunches, bright fruits and vegetables, crackers and olive oils, hint at Cuomo’s background. He majored in art and design in college. His wife Susie is also an artist and pastry chef. Their family includes seven children.

Cuomo and his wife put their personal touches on everything during the year and a half it took to open the restaurant.

“I test everything in my office,” said Cuomo. That includes the paint colors, the displays, the signs and a selection of DeRomo’s 95 branded products. He and his wife travel to wineries, olive gardens and product sources around the world to select the best for sale and also to brand as their own products.

Cuomo attributes his success to love, passion and creativity with food. He also credits his great staff of about 220 employees. “Every 16 days, the number of people visiting us could fill Yankee Stadium,” said Cuomo.

See www.deromos.com and call 239-325-3583.

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