Friday, May 7, 2021

Hoping to Fill the Italian Deli Void

This true Italian Deli will be coming soon to SR 951 near US 41. Photos by Steve Stefanides

This true Italian Deli will be coming soon to SR 951 near US 41. Photos by Steve Stefanides

It has been said by Frankie Rose’s friends that he has marinara sauce flowing in his veins instead of blood.

Rose enjoys bringing his love of Italian cuisine alive, and feels the need to make his mark here in Southwest Florida. Rose is preparing to open Frankie’s Italian Deli in the new strip mall in front of the Walmart Shopping Center on SR 951 near the intersection of US 41.

The Rose family name is synonymous with volunteering on Marco Island, at both the Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) and the Marco Island Academy (MIA); their two daughters have attended both schools. Rose’s daughter Gianna is going to the University of Central Florida next year and is a 1,000-point scorer for the Marco Ray’s girls basketball team. Daughter Francesca will be entering high school on the island next year. Rose’s wife Deneen was a longtime secretary at the MICMS, and is now the secretary for MIA.

Frankie Rose in the kitchen of his new restaurant, expected to open in March.

Frankie Rose in the kitchen of his new restaurant, expected to open in March.

Rose attributes his passion for the culinary arts to his mother, who was one of nine sisters growing up in Lyndon, New Jersey. His mother served as the baker for their large public school system back in New Jersey. “You have to believe some of it had to rub off,” said Rose.

When Rose finally made the move to Marco Island, he was involved with several of the local restaurants. He credits longtime restaurant owners Guy and Lisa Verdi with showing him the ins and outs of the business on the island. Earlier in his career, he was a part owner of two pizza/ pasta houses in New Jersey.

While pondering his future and this next undertaking, he worked in the construction management business for a local builder. While he was supervising the building of a new home on Isles of Capri, he met his partner for this venture.

They chose the location based on the demographics of the population base, which finds almost 15,000 residential units within a two square mile radius. That coupled with the proximity to the 17,000 residents on Marco and the anticipated growth towards I-75, Rose and his partner saw the opportunity for success.

Rose believes that the difference in his offerings will be found in the bread. “There are a lot of great bakeries down here, but nothing like the bread and pizza dough we would get out of Jersey and New York,” said Rose. “The difference is in the water, so we’ll be bringing in the frozen dough and bake it fresh daily for our customers. You won’t help but taste the difference, I promise you,” continued Rose.

He’ll also be bringing in imported Italian meats and cheeses, including fresh made mozzarella cheese along with Boars Head products. He will use locally grown produce to insure freshness, along with a wide variety of specialty oils, spices and vinegars not locally available.

Rose is promising fresh made Taylor Ham breakfast sandwiches and other great pastries and coffees to kick-start or end your day.

If you could find it in your old stomping grounds back in the Northeast, especially in New Jersey and New York, Frankie Rose promises that you won’t be disappointed. He anticipates being open the first week in March, as they hustle to complete the build out to the store and work out all the details.

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