Star Vince & Joe’s Employee Al Calcaterra Retires After 30 years

Dear Al,

We want to truly express how important you’ve been to Vince & Joe’s.

We have loved and enjoyed working with you over the past three decades (Wow)!

You are an old-school kind of guy who gives everything he has to his family and his job.

Your work ethic, honesty and trustworthiness have always reflected Vince & Joe’s values.

Your name is synonymous with the Produce Department. You’re part of the reason the department has run so smoothly over the years and has a reputation for the best in town.

You and your work have been so greatly appreciated and you’ll be missed here.

Employees and friends like you don’t come along often.

Our sincere wish for you is that you enjoy your well-deserved retirement with your wife and family.

Thank you and God Bless,
Mimma, Vince, Maria & Joe Vitale
Gasper Vitale, Salvo Munaco & Sal Zappa


Chef Loria and Hope Network’s Eddie Murray on Fox 2 for World Autism Awareness Day

Vince & Joe’s Executive Chef Angelo Loria and Hope Network’s Director of Donations Relations Eddie Murray appeared on Fox 2 News Friday, April 2, to talk about World Autism Awareness Day.

Autism affects 70 million people worldwide, including a member of the Vince & Joe’s family.

In the past few years, Vince & Joe’s has donated more than $20,000 to Hope Network through the proceeds of their pasta sauce, Emma’s Hope. During the month of April, which is autism awareness month, Vince & Joe’s will be collecting donations at the register for Hope Network.

We’ve posted all the recipes seen on Fox 2 to our website. 


Vince & Joe’s Makes Record Donation of $15,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market raised a record $15,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, ALSAC, in 2020.

Funds were collected through generous register donations made by our customers and an annual fundraiser the store holds in October called BREAD-The Staff of Life, where 50% of all house-made bread purchases were donated to St. Jude.

We’re proud to continue our long-time partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through numerous events that benefit this wonderful mission and facility for families most in need. These programs represent our heartfelt gratitude to our community.


Behind-the-scenes: Harvesting Vince & Joe’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Sicily

Fun fact: How many olives does it take to make one liter of extra virgin olive oil? Anywhere between 5,200 and 8,000 olives.

That’s a lot of olives!

Italy is one of the top producers of olive oil in the world and the leader in high-quality extra virgin olive oil.

Extra virgin olive oil is more prized and expensive than other olive oils. It’s produced during the first pressing, which is either by hand or machine but does not use heat or other chemicals. Extra virgin olive oil also retains more flavor, has a lower level of oleic acid than other olive oil varieties and contains more of the natural vitamins and minerals found in olives.

Vince & Joe’s Finds Small Olive Grove in Sicily to Make Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market owners scoured Sicily, one of the top three olive oil-producing regions in Italy, to find the highest quality extra virgin olive oil to directly import from the olive groves to its customers.

They found what they were looking for in a small olive grove in between the towns of Alcamo and Partinico, overlooking the Gulf of Castellammare.

The small lot is owned by Nunzio Bastone, who has dedicated his 600 olive trees to making high-quality extra virgin olive oil solely for Vince & Joe’s.

Bastone is currently hard at work now that harvest season is in full swing. All olives on his lot are hand-picked and pressed within hours of being harvested.

Three distinct olives: Nocellara del Belice, Cerasuola and Biancolilla, give Vince & Joe’s olive oil its nutty, low-acid, slightly peppery and smooth flavor profile.

Take a look at behind the scenes of how Vince & Joe’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made, then read on to learn about some of our favorite olive-oils from around the world.

Vince & Joe’s Sells Olive Oil from Around the World







Mediterranean Blend: