Spolumbo’s is a Calgary favorite and an integral part of the Inglewood community, which is just east of downtown. It all started as a small, 10-seat sandwich shop, owned and operated by 3 childhood friends (and ex-Stampeders), Tom Spoletini, Mike Palumbo and Tony Spoletini. This little shop is now a 100-seat deli with a state-of-the-art sausage making facility. And, despite the increased size, it’s still not easy to find a seat at lunch-time! The quality of the food is good enough to pack the place everyday, even without a huge advertising budget. The traditional, Italian, gourmet sausages are the best I’ve ever had.
The restaurant itself is fun to see. On the walls they’ve hung many sports jerseys and other memorabilia, most of which are of local teams. The commitment to our local community is obvious. Spolumbo’s calls itself “A People Company” and they have about 40 people on staff. Every time I’ve gone, they’ve been fun and polite, a testament to the guys who founded the business. Spolumbo’s sausages are sold in many supermarkets around western Canada, and they also run a large catering business. Spolumbo’s is a Calgary success story that makes our city proud!
Photo by: Spolumbo’s website, http://www.spolumbos.com/