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Antipasto and Olive selection

We have an unique and large range of delicious Antipasti from marinated anchovies to delicious roasted Italian onions in a balsamic dressing, not forgetting the Sicilian artichokes or the fabulously sweet sun-blushed cherry tomatoes that will enhance any mixed Italian starter platter or buffet but whatever you do you have to try the sweet chilli peppers stuffed with cream cheese amazingly good, and don’t forget the olives as nibbles for you and your guests, our selection include the big fat juicy green olives seasoned with garlic and basil or the mixed pitted Puttanesca Olives with chilli and capers to name just two, please come and visit us and see the whole range and we’ll be  happy to help you select the best to impress your guests.

Eating in and On the Go

We have a great selection of toasted ciabattas with original fillings and light lunches which can be taken away or enjoyed in-store or on our sun drenched forecourt. We recommend the Deli Board which has a selection of cured meat, cheese, bread and marinated vegetables, best enjoyed with a glass of wine, or why not try one of our popular Arancini, a delicious Sicilian risotto ball served with a lovely mixed grilled vegetable green salad.

Buongiorno Italia is the perfect place for an authentic Italian cup of coffee.  If you are in a hurry or would like to place a large order you can call ahead and we will do our best to have it ready for you.


Buongiorno Italia Started as Franco Stores just three doors away from where it is situated now. Opened by Francesco and Immacolata Picciuto parents in 1978, they were one of the early pioneers of purveyors of Fine Italian Foods in St Albans, their clients were mainly discerning Italians and adventurous English people looking for authentic traditional food. The Friendly family run shop was packed from floor to ceiling with Italian food we now know as everyday essentials Long before popular TV cooking programmes would make pasta, salami, olive oil, pancetta and parmesan regular everyday shopping list ingredients.

Along with his brother and sister it was here that the present owner, Antonio grew up learning the trade, selecting fine food alongside his parents and taking the helm of the business in 1991.

Who we are

Buongiorno Italia was established in 1978. We are a multi award winning deli with one of the best deli counters in the South East. Full of great salami, hams, cheese and antipasti.  Shelves packed with a fantastic selection of everything you need for an authentic Italian kitchen.  Also try our delicious filled ciabattas, pastries and coffees, all served with italian passion.

So imagine the scene, a busy establishment, the air has an aroma of delicious food, the counter is a fantastic display of olives, antipasto, cheese and cured meats, the shelves are bursting with ingredients and authentic groceries, the coffee machine is working overtime and the staff is doing its best to keep up with order for deli boards for people to enjoy on the sundrenched forecourt while the owner greets everyone, most by their first name, so where is this place, Umbria? Tuscany? Puglia? Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to Buongiorno Italia, Italy on your doorstep right here in the wonderful city of St Albans!


All Christmas products are now in store.  To avoid disappointment please buy your favourites and must haves as early as possible.

Our fresh products will be coming right up in the last days before Christmas so keep us in mind for your lovely antipasto platters and your cheese boards.