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Gagliano’s: Serving Pueblo for 100+ Years

Market's famous sausage and family-like atmosphere draw customers from near and far.

By Erica Buehler on June 15, 2022

Gagliano’s Italian Market & Deli in Pueblo, CO
Jeff Adkins

Having celebrated its 100th year in business in 2021, Gagliano’s Italian Market & Deli continues to be one of the most popular small businesses in Pueblo, CO.

This is largely due to the family’s original recipe for Italian sausage, which has been a draw for customers since the store opened, as well as its friendly staff who have become more like family to the residents of Pueblo.

Currently running the business is Vince Gagliano, a proud descendant of Italian immigrants who worked hard to create a retail legacy that survived the Great Pueblo Flood of 1921, the Great Depression, World War II and COVID-19. For him, Gagliano’s success is a reflection of its dedication to serving the community.

Sausage a Statewide Success

The family’s coveted sausage is served in over 20 restaurants and farm stands as well as in Safeway and Albertsons stores across Pueblo County and in LaGree’s Food Stores across Colorado.

“I think our commitment to customer service and the quality of our products, especially our Italian sausage … has contributed to Gagliano’s 100 years of business success,” he says.

The storefront itself has remained in the same location since it opened – 1220 Elm St. – and serving its two most popular products – the original Gagliano’s sweet Italian sausage and the family’s own olive oil sourced from Sicily. Gagliano’s also makes Italian cookies and sweet bread called potica (a delight that originates from Italy’s neighbor, Slovenia).

As a descendant of immigrants who relied on their culture and the unique perspective and knowledge that comes with it, Vince says he is proud of what his Italian family has contributed to Pueblo as well as what others have contributed to the supportive, ethnic epicenter.

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