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1175 South State Street
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 734-2281
Fax: (302) 678-1176
Giuseppe Garramone

Giuseppe Garramone

Monday, September 12th, 1938 - Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020
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Giuseppe Garramone passed away peacefully on September 23rd at the age of 82. Born in the small town of Pietrapertosa in Southern Italy, Giuseppe emigrated to the United States and settled in New York at the age of 18. During his time in New York, “Pop,” as he was known to many, dedicated himself to the development of his culinary skills, working in eateries throughout the Burroughs. After sixteen years of honing his craft, Pop relocated to Dover, Delaware, bringing his expertise his knowledge, and especially his passion. In the fall of 1972, he opened Roma Italian Restaurant. Over the years, as he built on the foundation that was “Roma,” Chef Garramone expanded the restaurant’s footprint into the award-winning premier location for fine Italian dining in Central Delaware that we know today. Roma, originally recognized as a local Italian eatery, has now become a brand of its own.
Giuseppe took great pride in everything that he did. He was meticulous in the kitchen of his restaurant, his wine cellar, and his home, taking great care to ensure that everything was done in just the right way. He relished the idea of having family work within the company as it grew. Having his nieces, nephews, daughters, and son share in the art of creating beautiful food in an inviting setting was one of his greatest joys. In 1999, Pop decided it was time to turn over his chef’s knives and the Roma legacy to his only son, Joseph, who continues to lead the company with the knowledge, insight, skill set, and passion his father inspired.
Once retired, Pop was able to spend more time on his beloved farm, tending to his menagerie of animals. During the winter months, he loved “snow birding” to his property in Cape Coral to enjoy time with his brothers, sister, nieces, and friends.
Pop was an incredibly kind-hearted and well-respected man with a no-nonsense attitude. He was a force in his own right and a nurturing and mentoring presence for anyone who wished to learn.
He will be truly missed by his children: Teresa Bianchi of New York, Nina Bianchi of New York, Joseph Garramone and wife Kristin Garramone of Felton, Delaware, Maria (Christina) Garramone of Frederica, Delaware; his grandchildren: Faith, Sarah, Aiden, Anastasia, Arianna, and Jean; his sister: Rachel Garramone; his brothers: Vito Garramone and his wife, Filomena, Tony Garramone and his wife, Linda. He will also be greatly missed by his beloved niece, Elisa Gangl of New York and her fiancé, Steven Podhaizer; and companion, Pamela.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 27th, from 2 – 4 pm and 6 – 8 pm at Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Home, 1175 State Street, in Dover.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 10 am Monday at Holy Cross Church, 631 State Street, in Dover. Interment will follow at Barrett’s Chapel Cemetery at 6486 Bay Road, in Frederica, Delaware.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, September 27th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, September 27th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Director, Inc.
    1175 S. State Street
    Dover, Delaware 19901
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  • Second Visitation

    Sunday, September 27th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday, September 27th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Director, Inc.
    1175 S. State Street
    Dover, Delaware 19901
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  • Service

    Monday, September 28th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Monday, September 28th, 2020 10:00am
    Holy Cross Church
    631 S. State Street
    Dover, Delaware 19901
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  • Interment

    Monday, September 28th, 2020 | 11:45am
    Monday, September 28th, 2020 11:45am
    Barratt's Chapel
    6486 Bay Road
    Frederica, Delaware 19946
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Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Steven Podhaizer

Posted at 09:27am

September 27, 2020
When we met in August of 2015, he was the very special Uncle to my fiance, his beloved niece Elisa. I immediately could see how important family was to him, how ethical and directly honest he was, and why he was so special to Elisa. It did not take long for him to become MY Uncle Joe as well, which made me a very lucky person. He was always so endearing, so enjoyable to be around, so hard working to please his family, and so engaging. And, when he was with his brothers Tony and Vito, you knew it was going to be a fun and unpredictable time. My sympathies go out to all the family. God bless Uncle Joe and may he rest in peace. I love you, Uncle Joe!
Steven Podhaizer

Lauren Santschi

Posted at 11:51pm
Joe was an amazing man! He was the best Waitressing at Roma was the best job I ever had. His food was out of this world! He always got a kick out of pulling pranks on me and my best friend Anna. I met Anna when I first got hired. Joe had her train me and thanks to Joe, Anna and I have now been the best of friends for forty years. Joe called Anna ‘Frenchy and and me ‘Nifty.’ To this day we still talk about our love for Joe. This special man will always be in my thoughts with so much love.

Julia Marshall

Posted at 06:55am
He was a wonderful man to work for, joined him at the very beginning of the opening of Roma, we remained friends for many years truly a great chief and friend, Rest In Peace Joe.

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Posted at 01:39pm
To Joe, Kristin and all the Garramone family, our deepest and heartfelt condolences. Mike & Susan Price
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