ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- While New Jerseyans are staying home to help flatted the curve, the family at Dolce and Clemente's Gourmet Italian Market has been cooking up a storm to safely provide quality meals to go. With daily specials at the core of their curbside service, many of the Market's items are available. There's even a new dish doubling as nod to fellow Italian-American, and now household name -- Dr. Tony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Disease.
Jennifer Dolce Clemente, daughter of co-owner Frank Dolce and wife of co-owner Joe Clemente, told TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville that the store knew they needed to adjust to the environment when the coronavirus began to spread widely, and they try to bring "positive vibes and good food to people."
"We are keeping true to ourselves but adapting to the current environment," said Dolce Clemente. "We are still doing what we do best but this has been way harder that normal. But, we continue to keep our employees paid since many have been with us since the beginning."
To ensure the health and safety of staff and customers, Dolce & Clemente's curbside service is completely touchless. Every evening, the Market posts their specials on their Facebook page and via the Dolce and Clemente's Instagram account.
Open daily between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, with orders taken until 2:00 pm, Dolce and Clemente's take orders, and credit card for payment, over the phone at (609) 259-0072. Customers are then given a pick-up time so that the food is ready when they arrive at 2 North Commerce Square #101 in Robbinsville. Market staff place the food safely in the vehicle's trunk and, within minutes, customers are safely on their way home with tasty meals and treats for the entire family.
The daily specials can vary based upon the items that the market can get delivered weekly to provide the same level of quality food to customers.
Every day, there's the "Lunch Lover" special that provides a variety of Boar's Head meats and cheeses that is particularly popular among families with children home from school and parents working from home. There are half-tray traditional Italian "classics" like chicken parmesan or penne vodka, hero sandwiches, and two to four varying daily specials such a Broccoli and Cavatelli, Pork Tenderloin, or Gnocchi with Shrimp.
As for the Dr. Tony Fauci special, Dolce Clemente said that it was created "to lighten the mood during the quarantine" but it has become so popular that it may become a staple on the menu along with well-known favorites like the Pink Panther, Carmine's Classic, and Hulk Grogan.
Customers also can order from the regular full menu by clicking here while stocking up on staples such as fresh-baked bread, milk, eggs, chicken, orange juice, homemade sauces and soups. And don't forget to add dessert from their newly expanded bakery with cannoli, eclairs, and other sweet treats.
In 2018, Dolce & Clemente's was featured on the television show "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" hosted by Guy Fieri. As a nod to the exciting show experience, the Market will be featuring food during the week of April 20 including their famous Proscuitto bread and Boss of the Sauce as well as items that Fieri noshed on while the cameras were not rolling.
A staple of the Robbinsville community since 2007, Dolce & Clemente's has been known to support local causes and sends meals over to the Robbinsville Police Department weekly.
Providing quality Italian delicacies runs deep in the family blood. Frank's father came to America from Italy at age 13 and opened Dolce Meats in Brooklyn that served the community for 75 years. Joe was an undercover detective on with the Brooklyn Police Department on Coney Island when he opened his deli formerly in Jackson.
While they have always had cleaning crews in store sanitizing for hours each night, and even though customers are not currently allowed inside, employees are preparing food while wearing face masks and gloves as an extra precaution against the spread of any germs.
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