WILLISTON PARK, NY — The founder of an iconic chain of Long Island Italian pork stores has died at age 69. Andrea Ceriello of Ceriello Find Foods succumbed to lymphoma, and the Williston Park flagship store will remain closed Wednesday for his funeral services.
Ceriello emigrated to Brooklyn in 1970 from Sant’Anastasia, Italy with his family. He began working in New York pork stores, inspiring his eventual own store Ceriello Fine Foods, which at one time had nine locations.
Ceriello ran the Williston Park location from 1982 until he passed away on April 14.
The brand was known for high-quality imported Italian ingredients and cuts of meat.
The store’s Facebook account memorialized the entrepreneur and remembered his love for family.
“He loved hosting meals at his home for family and friends and sharing wines from his abundant cellar. But his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his grandchildren, Fiona and Rory. He enjoyed fly fishing with his grandson, Rory, golfing with his granddaughter, Fiona, and especially liked to take them shopping for something special.”
Ceriello is survived by his wife, Nancy, his daughters, Tina and Raffaella, and his grandchildren, Fiona and Rory.