Our History

Welcome to the Gust Gallucci Company, a fine purveyor of Italian and imported gourmet foods, serving the greater Cleveland, Ohio area for over eighty-five years. Gust Gallucci, an Italian immigrant from Faeto, Italy, founded our company. When he came to Cleveland in the early 1900’s he discovered a large Italian population who longed for products from their homeland. Gust decided he would discover a way to supply his fellow Italians with their favorite foods. He began selling his products from a large wooden cart. In 1912, he established his first store on the west side of Cleveland. Soon people began patronizing his establishment not only for the quality foods, but also because of Gust’s amicable personality and overwhelming generosity.

The Gust Gallucci Company grew throughout the years and became a gathering place for Italian Americans and lovers of fine foods and wines. Gust’s sons, Frank and Ray, joined the family business and continued to run the store after their father’s death in 1952. Although the store changed locations four times, his sons never forgot their father’s business philosophy: Always sell the best product at the best possible price and provide good service with a smile and a thank you. Ray’s son Ray Jr. formally joined the business in 1978 and continues to operate the company today. Frank retired in 1991 leaving his brother and nephew in need of additional help. Soon after Frank’s retirement, Ray’s wife and daughters joined the company to aid in its daily operation. Recently a fourth generation family member, Gust’s great grandson Marc, joined the Gust Gallucci Company to help lead it into the computer age and Twenty-first Century.

In addition to the retail store, the Gust Gallucci Company operates a wholesale distribution business, supplying the area’s finest restaurants.

Gust Gallucci Company invites you to shop where the chefs shop. We have one of the largest selections of Italian foods, wines, and other ethnic specialty items. Mary Ann Esposito, best selling author and host of public television’s popular cooking show, Ciao Italia, says “Gallucci’s is one of the finest Italian food stores in the country.”

If your travels ever bring you to the Cleveland area we invite you to visit our retail store located at 6610 Euclid Avenue in the heart of Cleveland’s Midtown Corridor.

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