Little Italy serving up Deli-icous Food
A little over two years ago, Wendy walked into Little Italy looking for a job. When she was told they weren’t hiring as the business was for sale, Wendy bought it on the spot. Today, owners Wendy Fitzgerald, Lance Hallworth and Jo Hallworth (Lance’s mom) are serving up great deli sandwiches and homemade soups in a deli-lightful location in Historic Downtown Emmett.
“My dad had a country grocery and meat store,” said Fitzgerald. “I grew up wrapping meat and always wanted to own a deli. I have a picture of him working in his shop hanging on the wall; it makes me feel like we are working together. It gives me comfort to look up at him and encouragement. I often say, ‘thank you Dad’.”
Little Italy’s menu has sandwiches, soups and salads featuring Boar’s Hed meat and cheese products, a 100-plus year old company that uses only the finest ingredients and no by-products or fillers. They are also known for their Cannoli and Garlic Pickles.
“We take a lot of pride in the food we serve,” said Fitzgerald. “For me, its pure success to have someone enjoy a good meal and see that in their reaction. Jo makes her soups from scratch and we call them Grandma’s Soups. She has been such a great part of the team. Between the three of us we have a lot of varied experience. Jo has over 50 years of restaurant experience from truck stops to fancy high-end fine dining. It’s this and our commitment to family that makes it work.”
Their focus on family drove the decision to only open for lunch and catering, allowing them time to fully participate in school functions and family activities.
“Being parents and raising our kids is the most important job we have,” said Fitzgerald. “Our daughter Natalie is a sophomore, rodeo’s and was a former queen. Corbin is in 7th grade and plays football. Lance and I have been friends since second grade. I have love letters from him from when we were in 6th grade.”
Open Monday – Friday, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm and Saturday, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, customers can enjoy a meal and beautiful downtown in their outdoor seating area on the sidewalk. During special events, the restaurant stays open later.
“We love downtown,” said Fitzgerald. “It’s a happy and fun place to be. We like how quaint it is and have no desire to move. I want everyone to make it in business and hope we continue to grow downtown.”
Little Italy, 205 W. Main Street; 871-7329 for delivery, to order ahead or questions about catering a specialty sandwich platter for your next meeting or event.