Rudy L. Plateroti, Founder
In 1945, Rudy Plateroti began selling olive oil door-to-door in Gioia Tauro, Reggio Calabria, Italy. Little did he expect back then, after years of successful business ventures in Patchogue, Long Island, NY, he would co-found a gourmet Italian store in Clearwater, FL, selling the finest olive oils and Italian foods.
Rudy, his wife Jean, and their son Salvatore, introduced the finest imported Italian foods and products to Clearwater in 1976. Word spread quickly throughout the Tampa-St. Petersburg area. Several local newspapers featured this unique family owned store and its Italian delicacies.
In 1995, Jean retired from day-to-day operations. Rudy and Salvatore continued providing outstanding products with personalized service.
In 2007, Rudy passed away. Salvatore’s keen business sense and wise leadership not only continues to serve the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, but he also took Plateroti’s Italian Gourmet to the next level, with an Internet presence and global shipping. “Imported Products, Personal Service” is Plateroti’s legacy and future.