Anthony Scicchitano, owner and president
of A&S Fine Foods, first came to the United States in
1937 to join his father in the Pennsylvania coal mines. The
14-year-old Scichitano and his family thought they could make
a better living in the United States than in their home of
Calabria, Italy, the southernmost province on the peninsula.
Besides, Scicchitano says, things were getting "a little
shaky" in Europe at that time.
Scicchitano joined his father working in
the coal mines but eventually settled in Brooklyn, N.Y., where
he married Raffaele Fretta. Fretta's father, Joseph, was an
immigrant from Italy who, along with four others, opened Brooklyn's
first Italian pork store. Through his father-in-law, Scicchitano
learned to make sausage and other Italian pork products.
In 1948, two years after learning the trade,
Scicchitano opened his first store in Brooklyn. He initially
sold only pork product, but slowly moved into other foods,
such as cold cuts and cheeses.
In 1950, he opened his second store, starting
a series of expansions that would lead to A&S Fine Foods
- formerly A&S Pork Stores - present lineup of 26 stores
in the Northeast. Stores are located throughouth the region,
including three in Brooklyn, one in Queens, one on Staten
Island, three in New Jersey and two in Connecticut.
"Each store makes its own products,"
Scicchitano says. "Scicchitano, cheeses, sauces, all
cooked products, all cold cuts, almost everything is made
in the store. We buy very little."