Wednesday, February 25, 2009

OB Featured Business: Gentile's Imported Italian Foods

Gentile's Imported Italian Foods has been one of Cleveland's favorite family-owned and -operated bakeries and delis for more than fifteen years.

Located at 4464 Broadview Road in Old Brooklyn, Gentile's was founded in 1993 by Fillipo and Rachel Gentile, who emigrated from a small town in the Molise region of Italy. The couple worked diligently, Fillipo as a carpenter and Rachel as a seamstress, to attain the means necessary to fulfill its dream of opening a bakery, deli, and catering business.

Gentile's offers several prepared foods, including hot and cold sandwiches, homemade pizza, soups and salads, and dinners and entrees at very reasonable prices. The full deli menu can be downloaded here. A wide variety of non-prepared items, such as imported meats, pastas, sauces and dressings, and canned vegetables, are also available in the store's grocery section. Gentile's freshly bakes some of most delicious bread in town, directly on location.

But there's one item at Gentile's that takes the cake. It specializes in traditional Cassata cakes, made from a family recipe. Gentile's has a variety of Cassata cakes available, including strawberry, amaretto mocha, ricotta with chocolate chips and drizzled rum, and vanilla and chocolate cream with Benevento rum. Gentile's Cassata cakes are oftentimes available in the bakery case or can be ordered in advance. Other tasty baked goods at Gentile's include specialty cakes, cannoli, cookies, and many other pastries. Download the entire dessert menu by clicking here.

Gentile's also caters events and meetings. Customers can choose one of the family's complete meals or select from vast variety of main courses, pastas, vegetables, and soups and salads and create their own feasts.

Gentile's Imported Italian Foods is open Tuesday through Friday from 9am to 6pm, Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday from 10am to 2pm. For more information, please visit


  1. I am at Gentile's at least once a week--I get through the winter with their frozen wedding soup chock full of chicken goodness...pepperoni bread is outstanding, bread...Manga!

  2. BBC, I do the same. I usually stop in for a veggie sandwich, sometimes bakery. I think Gentile's has the best bread around. I tried the homemade spaghetti sauce this week, and it was great as well.

  3. Just turned my uncle on to Gentile's today...He is a big word of mouth guy...saw architect Kurt Weaver and his wife there, too! All the cool people, don't you know!