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Our History

1900

Leonardo’s great grandfather bought cheeses and produce and delivered it by a horse drawn cart to sell at the Roman markets.

1930

The Fantiani Family, the first generation,  established Sansone Foods in Bushwick, Brooklyn.   They went house-to-house and apartment-to-apartment selling authentic Italian ingredients and foods, similar to what Leonardo’s great grandfather did in Italy.

1945

After WWII ended, the US servicemen returned from Italy with a strong liking for authentic Italian food. Pizzarias and Italian restaurants  began to open. This influence developed in a need for more authentic Italian ingredients. To support these establishments, Sansone Foods transitioned from retail to wholesale sales in order to better serve these customers.

1982

In 1982, Sansone Foods moved to Long Island and opened up a wholesale store in Garden City Park.  Leonardo’s grandfather, Rocco Mastrantoni, shopped at the Sansone Foods storefront.  He was approached by the first generation owners to buy the business.  Rocco had sons who owned delis so this was a great opportunity for them.  He bought the business for him and his four sons. The second generation became the new owners.

2015

The third Generation (Leonardo, Felicia, & Rocco ) took over the business.

1986

The second generation purchased the current warehouse location down the road from the 1982 location in order to more effectively serve the wholesale market.  They eventually closed the 1982 storefront, but continued own it and use it as additional warehouse space

2016

The Sansone Market idea was introduced. The proposal was to re-open the original 1982 retail storefront and expand the business to serve both consumers and wholesalers.

April 1, 2019

Sansone Market opens

1900

Leonardo’s great grandfather bought cheeses and produce and delivered it by a horse drawn cart to sell at the Roman markets. He was affectionally know as Rocco Roma.  

1945

After WWII ended, the US servicemen returned from Italy with a strong liking for authentic Italian food. Pizzarias and Italian restaurants  began to open. This influence developed in a need for more authentic Italian ingredients. To support these establishments, Sansone Foods transitioned from retail to wholesale sales in order to better serve these customers.

1982

Sansone Foods moved to Long Island and opened up a wholesale store in Garden City Park. They also opened their doors to the local public, inviting them to shop.

1986

In 1986, the current warehouse location opened down the road from the 1982 location in order to more effectively serve the wholesale market. They eventually closed the 1982 storefront, but continued own and use it as additional warehouse space.

2015

The next Generation (Leonardo, Felicia, & Rocco ) took over the business.

2016

The Sansone Market idea was introduced. The proposal was to re-open the original 1982 retail storefront and expand the business to serve both consumers and wholesalers.

Summer, 2019

Sansone Market opens