Roma & Sul Tempo, Our Story

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Roma & Sul Tempo, Our Story

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

Roma & Sul Tempo, Our Story

Testimonials

“I serve on several boards and community organizations here in Dover, and whenever I need a partner in the hospitality business – I turn to Kristin at Roma. I have worked with her and her staff on countless fundraising events. On top of that, Kristin has also coordinated catering at personal events at my home and business. At the end of the night, everyone ALWAYS mentions her service, energy, and professionalism. Kristin truly makes her regular guests feel like we are part of the Roma family, which, on top of the incredible food, is what keeps us coming back several times a week. I am proud to call her a friend and Kent County is SO lucky to have her.”  – Maggie Scarborough, Burns and Ellis Realtors

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

Roma & Sul Tempo, Our Story

Roma & Sul Tempo, Our Story

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