Albany County Legislature Chairman Andrew Joyce (right) and Albany County Legislature Deputy Majority Leader Lynne Lekakis (center right) present Robert Cardona, Sr. (center left) and his son Robert Cardona, Jr. (left) with a special proclamation.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Cardona’s Market, a three-generation Albany family business for more than 75 years, recently received a special proclamation from the Albany County Legislature in recognition of the well-known Italian specialty market’s long-standing history serving the Albany community.

The proclamation states that “Cardona’s Market, which is still owned and operated by the Cardona family, has become a treasure in the community by continuing to serve their loyal customers and welcoming new customers to appreciate the same authentic Italian recipes the Albany community has enjoyed for over seven decades.”

The market, which was founded by Augusto Cardona in October 1945, recently welcomed its third generation of family owners to carry on its tradition as a regional destination for fine Italian imports and traditional cooking.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized in this way by the community that has supported us for so many years and we are so thankful to the Albany County Legislature,” said Robert Cardona, Jr., who serves as the market’s executive chef and accepted the proclamation alongside his father, Robert Cardona, Sr. “We are proud to be a part of the fabric of the Delaware Avenue neighborhood and look forward to serving Capital Region residents for years to come.”

Officials from the Albany County Legislature visited Cardona’s Market to officially present the proclamation and share their well wishes for the market’s continued success.

“Today the Albany County Legislature recognizes a great Albany institution and one of the great Albany families as we celebrate the impact Cardona’s Market has in Albany’s Delaware Avenue neighborhood and beyond,” said Albany County Legislature Chairman Andrew Joyce. “We wish them many more years of success, growth and some of the best meatballs you will ever have.”

“Cardona’s is a gem in our community and delivers quality, top-notch Italian specialties and butcher services consistently,” said Albany County Deputy Majority Leader Lynne Lekakis. “Their cannoli is to die for and their meatballs can’t be beat. We are so lucky that the tradition continues on Delaware Avenue.”

The recognition showcases Cardona’s longstanding history serving the Albany community, most recently demonstrated through a complimentary lunch served to healthcare workers and volunteers at the Albany County vaccination site in late March. Members of the Cardona family hand-delivered the market’s signature sandwiches to approximately 150 healthcare workers and volunteers as a thank you for their work to vaccinate thousands of Albany County residents.

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. These meal solutions complement Cardona’s 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. Specialty baked goods, cookies, cakes and desserts are made fresh in-house daily. Additionally, the market offers a full-range of custom catering services for a wide variety of events and celebrations.

Cardona’s Market is located at 340 Delaware Avenue in Albany. Current hours are Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The market is closed on Sundays.

For more information about Cardona’s Market, call 518-434-4838 or visit

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