Vincent Tramonte was born in N.Y. City the son of Italian parents from Calabria and Civitavecchia. He came to Northern Virginia to practice law in the 1940’s and although a beautiful area, it was difficult finding good Italian food. As time went on, he realized that there were many transplanted people from New York and other big cities that very much missed the food he called “the good stuff”. This became the business plan for the Italian Store, get the products people want that are hard to find. With the help of Mama Tramonte in the kitchen, preparing dishes from the family recipes, and his two sons, working the store and procuring the products the plan was set.