A brand new Italian import store called Gallucci Italian Imports is making its debut in Chicago’s Old Town district, at 301 W. North Ave.
The new store will be situated at the corner of North and North Park Avenue, just a few blocks from the company’s first restaurant: Gallucci Pizzeria Napoletana. Owner Gianni Gallucci tells What Now Chicago he expects to open this new store in about four months, likely early next year. The expansion is only waiting on permit approval from the city. When the new store opens, customers can expect a range of Italian imports, from specialty foods to Italian wines.
Gallucci opened the pizza restaurant in late 2019, replacing the old Town pizza institute Dinotto after 30 years of service. After surviving the pandemic and getting approval from the neighborhood, he is ready to expand his footprint even further with this new store less than a mile away from the restaurant. This new market will give the business owner a new opportunity to bring authentic Italian products and meals to the Chicago area.
If the market is anything like the restaurant, customers can expect some of the freshest ingredients, many not found commonly in the United States. Expect a large selection of meats, cheese, wine, and other products often used to make different kinds of fresh Italian cuisine. Gallucci tells What Now Chicago the eatery will also offer New York pizza by the slice and as a whole pie as well as a square grandma slice. There will also be a variety of sandwiches on old-school semolina bread.