‘Regina’s Grocery’ Officially Opens on Orchard Street Today
Regina’s Grocery, the Italian deli counter that debuted last month, officially opens to the public today. The 450 square-foot establishment at 27 Orchard Street had been in soft-launch mode until now.
The Orchard Street newcomer is a marked departure from the storefront pedigree here. Past commercial tenants included both a vintage boutique and gallery. Regina’s is a family affair that aims to add “authenticity and traditional flavor to the Lower East Side,” according to press materials. There is space inside for ten to twelve customers, plus one sidewalk table for two.
Regina’s is owned and operated by Roman Grandinetti and his mother, the namesake Regina. “We wanted to build a place where it felt like your home,” owner Grandinetti said in a statement. “My family opened their doors on holidays, Sundays – any day, to everyone I’ve ever known. This is what we’re going to do on Orchard Street with Regina’s.”
The menu is essentially a family tree of the Grandinettis, with sandwich offerings such as:
- Grandma Lucy – Genao Italian Tuna, Provolone, Regina’s Olive Spread, Arugula, Red Onions. Extra Virgin olive oil, Balsamic on Striato Bread.
- Cousin Vinny– Prosciutto, Fresh Mozzarella, Broccoli Rabe, Roasted Red Peppers, Balsamic, Extra Virgin olive oil, on Striato Bread.
- Uncle John – Prosciutto, Provolone, Mortadella, Hot Sopressata, Smoked Ham, Lettuce, Extra Virgin olive oil, Red Wine Vinegar, and Roasted Red Peppers on Semolina Bread.
In addition, the mother-son duo also sells a variety of imported Italian groceries for purchase.