Roma & Sul Tempo, Our Story

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Joe Garramone, Jr. & Kristin McGuigan

Roma Restaurant is a perfect interpretation of a classic, upscale, Italian Eatery.  Opening their doors for the first time in 1973,  Giuseppe  Garramone brought a wealth of knowledge in regards to food and business to Dover, Delaware. Born in a small town in Southern Italy, Guiseppe moved to New York at the age of 18 to develop his skills as a chef. 16 years later he took that knowledge and passion to Dover, Delaware and opened Roma Italian Ristorante. Initially opening as a casual pizzeria, Roma evolved quickly into the premier special occasion, white linen eatery. It has continually received various awards and accolades through the years.

Son, Joseph S. Garramone, Jr. began working under his father in the kitchen at the young age of 12. Joe, Jr. worked his way up over the years ultimately taking over the business in 2000. With his father’s drive and blessing, Joe focused on keeping the quality of food and service that built the Roma name. Evolution for Roma has not stopped. Keeping with the tradition his father started, Joe Jr. was ready to add his own mark on the company. Teaming up with long time industry professional and fiancé Kristin, they decided to drive forward with a twist to the vision. Their “twist,” Sul Tempo Cocktail lounge. Opening in December of 2015, Dover welcomed its very first Cocktail Lounge focusing on house fusions, boutique cocktails, small plates and craft beers. The rustic, yet refined aesthetic is something Dover had yet to experience. The aroma of the cedar plank smoke and sliding barn doors pairs perfectly with the stone veneer and upscale décor.

Now in its 43rd year, Roma continues to grow and evolve and looks forward to the future. Please have your family join ours for an amazing dining experience.

Cheers, Joe and Kristin

Testimonials

Kristin and Joe at Roma Sul Tempo are always accommodating, always consistent and always willing to give back. From birthday parties to charity events . . . in house or offsite, they are my go-to pair. My husband Tom and I chaired the 2016 southern Delaware Heart ball last year, and they not only donated the launch party, but assisted us with wine for the event, gave gift cards to the restaurant for our silent auction and even catered the thank you party in our home. At this year’s Heart Ball on April 8th, they are donating a wine tasting in the VIP section! They never cease to amaze me with what lengths they’ll take to see their customers happy, and to give back to their community!  – Katie Kramedous

I belong to several statewide organizations and we frequently have dinner meetings, Roma’s is our favorite place. Kristin has helped transform Roma’s from a great restaurant to a really unique and great experience restaurant. I think service is the dimension that sets it apart from the others and Kristin is the champion!  – Kurt Cole

In 1980, my family and I started dining at Roma’s. To this day, it remains my parent’s, as well as my husband’s and my favorite restaurant. No matter if I’m there for a lunch meeting, romantic dinner with my husband, small gathering with friends, or a large dinner party, Roma’s ALWAYS delivers fabulous and consistent food and service! Joe and Kristin definitely know how to run a great family restaurant!  – Dr. Michele Marinucci

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