by David S. Saggese
On the birthday of Rome, April 21, an Italian fresh pasta and specialty foods store opened in North Cambridge, at 2285 Massachusetts Ave.
Jennifer Capone Hegarty Capone, the manager of Capone Foods Cambridge with imported bottles of imported lemonade.
Alewife Photo by Neil W. McCabe
“We’ve had a great response from the neighborhood, it seems like everyone’s happy to see us here,” said Jennifer Capone Hegarty, the manager of the family-owned and operated Capone Foods Cambridge.
Her parents Albert and Mary Capone have operated Capone Foods Somerville in Union Square since the early 1980s and have been on the lookout for a high-traffic second location for the last few years, she said. “We’ve been looking for a space to buy. We like the Mass. Ave. address.”
Capone Foods specializes in both home-made and imported goods. The imported goods include a large selection of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, dried pasta coffee, chocolates and cheeses, she said. The store has arranged for fresh bread every day delivered from Brookline’s Clear Flour Bakery.
The front counter is set up so customers can sample the fresh bread and olive oils, her mother said.
Jennifer said the Union Square store is still the base of operations. The home-made items, such as the lasagna, sausage, empandadas and sauces are prepared at that kitchen be six cooks who have been with the family for many years. Then, they are shuttled to the North Cambridge store. “The recipes are all developed by my father, he trains everyone on how to do everything.”
Some of the items are more popular than others, she said. The most popular items are the ones that people can throw in the microwave for and easy high quality meal, she said. “People stock up on those or they stop in on their way home from work.”
Another dimension is the company’s wholesale business, she said. “We sell to restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and local places like the Fresh Pond Market--we definitely keep ourselves busy.”
Business has been slow through the summer months, but Capone said she believes will pick up in the coming months.