Best Small Business CDCC 2018

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By Kristin & Joe Garramone, Jr.

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 continued to be given 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 company 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 wife 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 Garramone

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“With great pleasure and enthusiasm, I wish to congratulate Joe and Kristen along with the entire Roma team on their incredible journey’s success. Providing the very best in finished product and service, it’s easy to understand why Roma Restaurant has enjoyed such a large and loyal fanbase. Only the finest and freshest ingredients are used and are prepared with culinary expertise. Owners and staff alike take pride in delivering consistently outstanding results. They always go above and beyond industry standards and are active in the community giving back whenever possible. In a competitive and challenging arena, they will undoubtedly continue to receive high praise while realizing increased market share. Hard work, dedication, and a true love for the business will insure their prosperity. Please continue your commitment to excellence as the best is yet to come for Roma!”    

 ~ Thanks, Gary Stewart, Olson Realty


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