Newly remodeled market features signature Cardona’s hot table offering Italian specialties and full-scale commercial kitchen
LATHAM, N.Y. – Cardona’s Market, a three-generation, family-owned, Italian specialty market and caterer for more than 75 years, will bring its high-quality Italian products, scratch cooking and traditional fresh-from-the-kitchen dishes to Latham area residents with the grand re-opening of its new store at 9 Cobbee Road.
The centerpiece of the newly remodeled market, which is now operating under the Cardona’s banner following the acquisition of Roma Foods Importing Company this past spring, is the signature Cardona’s hot table, offering more than a dozen dishes which rotate daily, such as classic Italian family recipes as well as daily and seasonal specials.
The Latham market will also feature a full-scale commercial kitchen to accommodate catering orders and operations. In line with the market’s rich traditions, Cardona’s Latham will offer an array of fine Italian import goods; restaurant-quality grab-and-go meals; artisan sandwiches and salads; homemade sauces and famous meatballs.
The market will also feature a new soup station serving daily specials, including Cardona’s signature Pasta Fagioli. Additionally, guests will enjoy homemade Italian bread and baked goods including cookies, cakes and desserts that are made in-house daily.
“We are thrilled to celebrate the grand-reopening of our newest location and excited to bring the quality and convenience of Cardona’s Market to the Latham community,” said Cardona’s Market Owner August Cardona. “As a three generation family-owned and operated business, we take pride in offering the finest products, fresh hand-crafted sandwiches and authentic Italian dishes using our famous recipes that date back for generations. We are honored to have the opportunity to share our rich family traditions and menu offerings with our neighbors in the Latham community.”
Cardona’s Market celebrated the grand re-opening of the Latham store with an official “sandwich cutting” featuring a four-foot “Frank B.” sandwich, which is named in honor of Frank Bolognino, the second-generation owner of Roma Foods Importing Company along with his brothers John, Peter and Paul.
The “Frank B.,” which features imported prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, spinach, roasted red peppers, tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil, will be a permanent and exclusive addition to the menu at the Latham market and pays tribute to the legacy of Roma Foods Importing Company, a fellow multi-generational, family-owned Italian food and goods purveyor.
The Latham market will also offer a sandwich called the “Rabe C.,” which has been named in honor of Robert Cardona, Jr., the co-owner and executive chef at Cardona’s Market. The “Rabe C.” features fried eggplant, sharp provolone, hot pepper spread, broccoli rabe and a balsamic glaze.
The sandwich will join several others available exclusively at the Latham market, including the ham and salami-based “Papa Muffaletta” and the all-new “Italian Cubano” featuring porchetta, hot sopressata, sliced fontina, spicy pickles and dijon mustard.
Cardona’s Market has also created a brand-new chicken cutlet sandwich called “Cobbee Road,” which pays homage to the new location in Latham. The sandwich features chicken cutlet, smoked mozzarella, sundried tomato, caramelized onions and pesto.
Local officials helped to celebrate the regional expansion of Cardona’s and its grand opening in Latham.
“Albany County residents know that if they want delicious Italian food from a local establishment, they can rely on Cardona’s every time, so to have another location in Latham is fantastic news,” said Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy. “The pandemic has had a detrimental impact on the restaurants and hospitality industries, and Albany County government has worked tirelessly to ensure as many survived as possible. Seeing this family-owned market – and one of my personal favorites – expanding and building off of its success is nothing short of a breath of fresh air.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Cardona’s Market to the Latham and Colonie communities,” said Colonie Chamber of Commerce President Tom Nolte. “Roma Foods Importing Company was the place to go for all Italian cuisine and products for decades and we are thrilled to see a similar family-owned business continue to carry on the rich traditions in our community.”
Cardona’s Market in Latham will celebrate the grand re-opening with numerous specials throughout the week, including savings on Riscossa pasta varieties; Berio extra virgin and regular olive oil; Rio Briati Asiago; and LeFede crushed canned tomatoes (while supplies last). Guests will also enjoy a full selection of Cardona’s homemade sauces, salad dressings and spices, as well as Cardona’s merchandise, gift baskets and gift cards.
With its acquisition of Roma Foods, Cardona’s also took over the company’s Saratoga Springs market, which has been operating under the Cardona’s banner since June and will undergo its own renovations with an anticipated grand re-opening in late spring 2022.
Cardona’s will continue to operate its original flagship storefront at 340 Delaware Avenue in Albany.
Founded by Augusto Cardona in October 1945, Cardona’s recently welcomed its third generation of family owners to carry on its tradition as a regional destination for fine Italian imports and traditional cooking. The new ownership team includes Anthony Cardona; August Cardona; Robert Cardona, Jr.; T.J. Conti; and Kevin Garry.
For more than 75 years, Cardona’s Market has provided Capital Region residents with top-quality Italian products, including meats, cheeses, olives, olive oils, vinegars, pastas and pantry staples. The market features a full selection of fresh-from-the-kitchen dishes, including restaurant-quality grab-and-go meals such as homemade lasagna, eggplant parmesan, sauces and meatballs. Cardona’s also offers a complete menu of hand-crafted sandwiches, artisan salads, aromatic soups and fresh-baked bread.
Customers also enjoy a full-scale butcher shop offering all-natural beef, chicken and housemade sausage alongside a selection of fresh produce and the market’s famous homemade sauces. Additionally, the market offers a full-range of custom catering services for a wide variety of events and celebrations.
Earlier this year, Cardona’s Market received special proclamations from the City of Albany and the Albany County Legislature in recognition of their 75 years of service to the Albany community.
Current hours for the Cardona’s Market locations in Latham and Saratoga Springs are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Latham market is also open on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Albany location is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Both the Albany and Saratoga Springs markets are closed on Sundays.
For more information about Cardona’s Market, call 518-434-4838 or visit CardonasMarket.com.