BEACH BITES: Quagliata Brothers Italian Deli
CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WBTW) – Quagliata Brothers Italian Deli In Carolina Forest is an authentic Italian grocery store that adds new products and new customers every day.
But despite its novelty, this New York grocery store is still old school.
Chris Quagliata, owner of Quagliata Brothers, brings old country foods to the south. And by old country, we mean New York.
“Just arrived last night, some prosciutto bread from Mazzola Bakery in Brooklyn. Downtown Brooklyn,” Quagliata said. “And the twisted seder bread we get from there. And the semolina bread we get from New Jersey. We have the Manhattan Special. A hard to find product here. It’s an Italian espresso soda. It’s crowded in Brooklyn.
He knows Italian delicatessens.
“In the late 70s my brother got into a deli, I was a young boy and started working with him,” Quagliata said. “He took me in there. My brother Gerard.
So, what differentiates an Italian grocery store from others?
“The prosciutto imported from Italy, the fresh mozzarella we make in the morning,” he said. “All the breads we bring from North Brooklyn and New Jersey, fresh cut cheeses, stuffed peppers, Italian sausages.”
Although they bring in a lot, they do even more.
“It’s authentic. It’s grandma’s recipes,” he said. “You know, it’s a little different.”
And what they do is attract customers.
“I mean we’re constantly getting repeat customers,” he said. “Every day this area has grown so much. Every day I meet new people. I can’t follow names or anything like that. It’s too much. It’s overwhelming. It’s all about the products and the service. We treat each client like family. You know when they come in they want something special, we try to get it. You know it can take me a month to get something special from the north, but once a month I usually get a pallet of groceries. You know I listen to whatever they want. Someone tells me they want something, I’ll try to get it. I don’t wonder how I’m going to sell the rest. Because someone else out there really wants it anyway.
But as friendly as the crew is, good luck getting a recipe.
“Our Aunt Theresa taught us, give the recipe, but always leave out a piece,” Quagliata said. “An ingredient.”
He was hesitant to even open the deli, but his wife pushed him over the fence to do so. She’s an even better businesswoman because she’s been a huge success so far.
Quagliata Brothers Italian Deli is located in Forest Crossings in the Carolina Forest. It’s open every day except Sunday.