Residents of the north shore have a new option when shopping for gourmet foods. Gemelli Gourmet Market North, part of the Gemelli family that has been a long time staple on the south shore, recently opened in Glen Head, offering a variety of fresh meats, homemade breads, homemade pasta sauces and fresh sushi in addition to the fresh produce, dairy and packaged foods.
“We’ve been on the south shore for 30 years and this is our venture north,” said Adriana Schutz, whose grandmother started the first store in Babylon in 1988. “It’s a family business. In 1992, my parents and two uncles opened a bigger store, then opened up a restaurant a few years later.”
Gemelli Market and Ristorante Gemelli are both in Babylon, offering authentic Italian cuisine. The business later expanded to a catering facility at Bergen Point Golf Course.
“After my grandmother passed away, my brother and I wanted to continue the family legacy,” said Schutz, who has taken on the day to day operations of the Glen Head store with her brother, and with help from her parents and sister.
“My grandmother’s family owned restaurants in Italy; it’s basically in our blood,” she said.
She said her grandma was always in the kitchen and the food they prepare follows her recipes. The market also sells its own line of jarred sauces created by her grandmother, as well as olive oils and balsamic vinegars. They try to carry specialty foods that “you won’t find in a supermarket.”
“We want to make sure customers know we go above and beyond,” Schutz said. “We’ve even imported items from Italy based on customer requests.”
Shoppers can also find a selection of prepared foods or gourmet items for gift baskets. Gemelli’s has a coffee bar offering espresso drinks and desserts, so visitors can sit down in the café area and enjoy a treat or take something to go. The market located at 716 Glen Cove Ave, Glen Head, 11545 and is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A soft opening was held right before Thanksgiving, with a grand opening planned for some time in January.
“We’ve had a really good response so far,” Schutz said. “People who work up here but live on the south shore know us and are happy to see us here.”