Giannella's Deli has been a cornerstone of Glen Rock's downtown since 1990. Three decades of serving Glen Rock residents is considered a young history for the family business that dates back nearly a century ago.
Raffaelle Giannella, great-grandfather of current owner Michael, immigrated to the United States from Italy in the early 1920’s. Like thousands of other Italian Immigrants, he settled in Paterson, NJ and immediately saw a demand for Italian cuisine. In 1927 he opened Giannella’s Bakery on East 19th Street in Paterson.
After returning from WW2, Raffaelle's son Silvio along with his brother Mario, helped him transform his small corner store bakery into a large wholesale operation. Silvio and Mario officially took over the family business in the late 1940's. They expanded their wholesale business as well as opened their famous "Giannella's Italian Bakery & Delicatessen" retail location on 21st Avenue, Paterson, NJ in the year 1959.
Silvio, with the help of his wife Sylvia and their six children (Dianna, Fiore, Robert, Richard, Ralph and Thomas) continued to grow their family business. They opened a second location in 1976 on Route 23 in Wayne, NJ, followed by their only remaining location in Glen Rock, NJ in the year 1990. Over the span of 90 years and counting the Giannella Family has employed thousands of people.
In 1998 Silvio began to downsize the business, selling the wholesale bakery in Paterson and two of the retail locations in Paterson and Wayne. However, Giannella's Deli of Glen Rock is better than ever! With a new look, updated store and menu, the magic that had made Giannella's Deli so special in the past has been recaptured.
When Raffaelle Giannella started his bakery years ago he focused on supreme quality and exemplary service. Four generations later and his principles are still paramount, with one new addition, tradition.