Bonanno brothers follow in their father's footsteps for their own deli, Alimentari

Jun 11, 2019 273

BY: Andrea Behling

The backstory: Daniel Bonanno and his brother Enrico Bonanno grew up working and spending time in Tenuta's, the Italian deli their father has worked at for 56 years and now helps run in Kenosha. So when a space opened up near the restaurant Daniel co-owns and is the head chef at in Madison, Enrico moved up from Chicago and the two of them were inspired to open an Italian deli of their own. Along with A Pig in a Fur Coat's co-owner Bonnie Arent and sous chef Jonathan Huttsell, the four opened Alimentari, a deli and market serving fresh pasta, sandwiches, cured meats, cheese, homemade sauces, wine and a selection of other Italian products.

The vibe: Located in a strip mall about 100 feet behind A Pig in a Fur Coat on South Brearly Street, Alimentari is like an uber-curated version of Tenuta's. Neat shelves display balsamic vinegars, olive oils, canned tomatoes, dried pastas and other hard-to-find products, many of which are imported from small Italian makers. Daniel says many customers come in and ask, "What should we eat for dinner?" Daniel and his staff are happy to suggest a good carbonara recipe, or a certain wine that will go well with your meal. 

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