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This profile was last updated on 8/14/14  and contains information from public web pages.

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Cafe Italia
 
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In 2012, Sam Marranca, owner ...
www.timesleader.com, 14 Aug 2014 [cached]
In 2012, Sam Marranca, owner of Cafe Italia on River Road, won best marinara sauce. "It's an old family recipe," Marranca said of his award-winning sauce.
Caf Italia owner Sam ...
www.timesleader.com, 19 Nov 2011 [cached]
Caf Italia owner Sam Marranca said he and his crew worked nonstop for 54 days to gut and rebuild the business.
"One thing gave me the drive: my loyal customers. They have come back - every single one of them," he said.
KRISTEN MULLEN / THE CITIZENS' VOICE ...
citizensvoice.com, 4 Dec 2011 [cached]
KRISTEN MULLEN / THE CITIZENS' VOICE Cafe Italia owner Sam Marranca and his granddaughter Danita Marranca, 12, turn on the open sign at the Jenkins Township business.
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"I never could fathom the strength of water," said Agolino, 66, whose parents Sam and Betty Agolino bought the restaurant in 1962.
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Owner Sam Marranca had the bistro for less than a year when it was inundated with nearly 6 feet of water, ruining everything inside - silverware, dishes, tables and chairs, all the kitchen equipment and the office.
Marranca, who also owns a small construction company, restored his restaurant in just 54 days. Asked how he managed the transformation, he replied, "Drive and determination. And I am a general contractor."
However, now the bills are piling up, and Marranca had insurance on the building, but not its contents. He asked his accountant to look into a new state loan for Luzerne County businesses made available through with $4 million in state gaming money from Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Qualified applicants can receive a 60-month loan of up to $100,000 at 1 percent interest.
Marranca finds the terms of the loans appealing, but wants the money quickly.
Sam Marranca, owner of ...
citizensvoice.com, 19 April 2012 [cached]
Sam Marranca, owner of Cafe Italia, holds a plate of fresh vegetables.
Sam Marranca wasn't about to let muddy floodwater ruin the restaurant he worked so hard to create.
The owner of Cafe Italia in Pittston could have called it quits, but he knew he had a good thing going at the Italian restaurant. When the Susquehanna River overflowed its banks in September, the restaurant had been open less than a year.
Rising floodwaters forced Marranca to evacuate the building on River Road, leaving behind equipment, furniture and products. All were destroyed by the six feet of water that made it into the building.
"I lost everything. I had to redo it all," he said.
Marranca felt he owed it to his loyal customers to come back better than before. He took time during the repair process to make several improvements to the restaurant, giving it a more upscale feel with more room for patrons. The restaurant reopened after 54 days of hard work.
"I dressed it up a little bit," Marranca said, pointing out the new hardwood floors and expanded dining areas. "That 54 days took a lot out of my life."
Several glass wine bottles, nestled in wicker bases along a dining room ledge, somehow escaped destruction, even when coolers and freezers were flipped over from the floodwater, Marranca said. So he chose to save them, and set them out again after giving them a good scrub and filling them with colored liquid.
Cafe Italia is Marranca's first dining establishment. He chose to open the restaurant because he loves food and knows quite a bit about Italian cuisine due to his Sicilian heritage, he said. He was born in raised in Pittston, an area rich with Italian heritage.
One of the restaurant's big draws is Marranca's commitment to using fresh ingredients for all his dishes, he said. He also imports items from Italy like espresso, served in cups from the same country.
"I never bought frozen chicken or fish in the restaurant," he said. "You'll taste the difference. You use quality, you're going to taste it."
Appetizers like fried calamari and shrimp scampi are always popular, Marranca said, as well as the fresh soups, including a seafood bisque that he makes himself.
"It's the only soup I make, and they rave about it," he said.
For the main course, there's Veal Milanese, a sauteed veal cutlet served with tomatoes, black olives, mozzarella and fresh garlic; or seafood fra diavolo, a medley of lobster, clams, mussels, and calamari in a spicy red sauce. Any dish made with vodka sauce is also a hit, Marranca said.
"People will get that on the side," he said.
Sam Marranca, owner of ...
m.citizensvoice.com, 18 April 2012 [cached]
Sam Marranca, owner of Cafe Italia, holds a plate of fresh vegetables.
...
Sam Marranca wasn't about to let muddy floodwater ruin the restaurant he worked so hard to create.
The owner of Cafe Italia in Pittston could have called it quits, but he knew he had a good thing going at the Italian restaurant. When the Susquehanna River overflowed its banks in September, the restaurant had been open less than a year.
Rising floodwaters forced Marranca to evacuate the building on River Road, leaving behind equipment, furniture and products. All were destroyed by the six feet of water that made it into the building.
"I lost everything. I had to redo it all," he said.
Marranca felt he owed it to his loyal customers to come back better than before. He took time during the repair process to make several improvements to the restaurant, giving it a more upscale feel with more room for patrons. The restaurant reopened after 54 days of hard work.
"I dressed it up a little bit," Marranca said, pointing out the new hardwood floors and expanded dining areas. "That 54 days took a lot out of my life."
Several glass wine bottles, nestled in wicker bases along a dining room ledge, somehow escaped destruction, even when coolers and freezers were flipped over from the floodwater, Marranca said. So he chose to save them, and set them out again after giving them a good scrub and filling them with colored liquid.
Cafe Italia is Marranca's first dining establishment. He chose to open the restaurant because he loves food and knows quite a bit about Italian cuisine due to his Sicilian heritage, he said. He was born in raised in Pittston, an area rich with Italian heritage.
One of the restaurant's big draws is Marranca's commitment to using fresh ingredients for all his dishes, he said. He also imports items from Italy like espresso, served in cups from the same country.
"I never bought frozen chicken or fish in the restaurant," he said. "You'll taste the difference. You use quality, you're going to taste it."
Appetizers like fried calamari and shrimp scampi are always popular, Marranca said, as well as the fresh soups, including a seafood bisque that he makes himself.
"It's the only soup I make, and they rave about it," he said.
For the main course, there's Veal Milanese, a sauteed veal cutlet served with tomatoes, black olives, mozzarella and fresh garlic; or seafood fra diavolo, a medley of lobster, clams, mussels, and calamari in a spicy red sauce. Any dish made with vodka sauce is also a hit, Marranca said.
"People will get that on the side," he said.
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