Forty years of mouth-wa­ter­ing flavour at Nar­dini Spe­cial­ties

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184 Hwy #8 Stoney Creek, ON 905-662-5758

Nar­dini Spe­cial­ties is cel­e­brat­ing 40 years of keep­ing stom­achs full and mouths wa­ter­ing with their fa­mous store made Ital­ian prod­ucts. The long­stand­ing suc­cess of the Stoney Creek gro­cery store is rooted in its flavour­ful all-nat­u­ral sausages, which con­tinue to be made daily.

While its gro­cery of­fer­ings have ex­panded sub­stan­tially since its early days, cus­tomers con­tinue to ap­pre­ci­ate the friendly, per­sonal ser­vice from which the fam­ily-run busi­ness has never waivered.

“We make ev­ery­thing from scratch,” ex­plains Lisa DeFelice, who owns the store with hus­band Mario DeFelice. “We’re known for mak­ing ev­ery­thing homemade, es­pe­cially our sausages which are our big­gest seller.”

The sausages are made with 100 per cent pork and come in var­i­ous flavours: mild, hot, garlic, break­fast and liver. Cus­tomers fre­quently ask what they add to the sausages that make them taste so good. “We tell them it’s what we don’t put in them,” says Mario. “They’re all nat­u­ral and gluten-free, with no filler.”

Their com­mit­ment to homemade good­ness goes into a lot more than sausages. The store now makes a wide se­lec­tion of meat and pasta prod­ucts such as meat­balls, spaghetti sauce, lasagna and porchetta.

The store also fea­tures a com­plete deli sec­tion, cheeses and olives, as well as its pop­u­lar hot ta­ble that serves a se­lec­tion of de­lec­ta­ble lunch op­tions. Pa­trons en­joy the veal parmi­giana sand­wich, daily pasta, soup of the day, cooked sausage, as well as other tasty dishes.

Nar­dini Spe­cial­ties is proud to have been the re­cip­i­ent of many Read­ers Choice awards, in­clud­ing awards for take­out, cater­ing ser­vices and more. Loyal cus­tomers have been in­stru­men­tal in the store’s longevity. In fact, the gro­cery store re­cently moved to a larger lo­ca­tion to ac­com­mo­date the grow­ing cus­tomer base and the ex­panded prod­uct of­fer­ings to meet their needs.

The store now of­fers fifty brands of pasta and a huge as­sort­ment of Ital­ian oils and bal­sam­ics to match ev­ery taste. To help make the right pur­chase, cus­tomers rely on gro­cery man­ager, Carlo Gam­bale, for his ex­pert ad­vice on each prod­uct – from Ital­ian Es­tate olive oils and bal­samic vine­gars to ar­ti­san pas­tas and truf­fles.

Still very much a fam­ily busi­ness, reg­u­lar and new cus­tomers are en­cour­aged to feel at home as they shop – com­pli­men­tary es­presso and an ac­com­pa­ny­ing sam­ple of food is al­ways avail­able.

“Be­ing a smaller store, it’s easy for a cus­tomer to find us on the floor and ask us about our prod­ucts,” says Carlo. “We’ll open a bot­tle of olive oil for a cus­tomer to taste if they need help de­cid­ing on what to buy.” Ad­di­tion­ally, Nar­dini stocks hard-to-find bath and body prod­ucts that are pro­duced in Italy, as well as a select as­sort­ment of house­wares.

This 40th an­niver­sary year, Mario and Lisa are es­pe­cially thank­ful for the com­mu­nity’s loyal sup­port through­out the years.

“It’s been a bless­ing to have this store and see it pros­per, all thanks to our cus­tomers,” says Lisa. “We’ve grown with the com­mu­nity.”

Nar­dini Spe­cial­ties is hold­ing a 40th An­niver­sary cus­tomer ap­pre­ci­a­tion BBQ on Satur­day, Septem­ber 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ev­ery­one is wel­come to join the cel­e­bra­tion that will fea­ture a bar­be­cue and nu­mer­ous store ven­dors of­fer­ing free prod­uct sam­ples. Nar­dini Spe­cial­ties is open: Mon to Wed 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thurs, Fri 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sat 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun closed

Left to right: Carlo Gam­bale (Gro­cery Man­ager), Lisa DeFelice (Of­fice Man­ager), Deanna DeFelice (Sausage Maker), Mario DeFelice (Owner)

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