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Founder | A.L.C. Italian Grocery
expert in wholesale, retail, and food operations
instagram // @alcitaliangrocery
Louis Coluccio is a third generation Italian foods purveyor at A.L.C. Italian Grocery in his hometown of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Founded in 2012, fifty years after his Grandfather opened D. Coluccio and Sons in Bensonhurst Brooklyn, the Alimentary was a source of imported provisions, locally made products, sandwiches, and prepared foods. It became a meeting place in the neighborhood destination and will be celebrating ten years in October 2022. Like his grandfather before him, Louis became inspired by community and people that surrounded him. Food and connections have always been a passion for Louis.
In 2004 he graduated from Suffolk University in Boston where he majored in Marketing and International Business.
From there he began working with his father Luigi, co-owner of D. Coluccio and Sons, IncHe worked from the ground up, learning the importance of customer service and hands on ownership. From there he began working directly with chefs and industry professionals and creating experience trade events. He enjoyed the daily interactions with family, customers, and long standing employees. Working along side his father, Uncle, and Aunt reenforced his passion for family and community, which would inspire his vision for his family Alimentari, A.LC.
On May 5, 2010 Louis was asked to be part of a talk about Genuine Italian Foods for GRI. The talk was hosted by acclaimed cook book author and Italian food authority Michele Scicolone. This was a personal and professional highlight for him. Louis would return to GRI in 2019.
That October Louis, along with the Italian Trade Commission and the Veneto Region of Italy collaborated on “Taste of the Veneto” a regional campaign to highlight the foods and culture of this prestigious region. Louis was responsible for the creation, collaboration, and execution of the final closing celebration at Locanda Verde restaurant in New York City.
The closing event was a sold out success are was met with rave reviews. In 2010 Louis was asked to join the Board of the New York Chapter for The American Institute of Wine and Food. Founded in 1981 by Julia Child, Robert Mondavi, and Richard Graff, The AIWF is a not for profit charity that operates the highly acclaimed 0discovery program. This is a national program that works to educate middle school children on the importance of health, diet, taste, and community. Louis has volunteered his time and resources to the AIWF and its programs in order to raise the necessary funds to continue these important initiatives.
In 2011 Louis accepted the nomination as Co-Chair of the AIWF New York Chapter.
In 2012 Louis participated in The New York City Wine and Food Festival as a featured Chef for the event “Brooklyn's Bounty”.
In October 2012, A.L.C. Italian Grocery was born. With help from friends, family and the community A.L.C. became a success. A.L.C. has been featured in The New York Times, La Cucina Italian and other prestigious publications. Our catering clients include Spacestors, The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, The Red Hook Winery, Intesa San Paolo, Zaremba Brown, Novita PR, The New York Building Congress, Universities, private clients among others.
Louis Coluccio is an avid pizza lover and with Charles Scicolone, author and wine sommelier, went on to found The Pizza Society, an invitation only dining group. Based on the idea of dining as an insider at New York’s most sought after restaurants, events immediately sold out. Charles and Louis partnered with the prestigious Gilt Group to market these events. They served as friends and strangers alike to gather of food and wine.
Louis has been featured in The New York Daily News, Edible Brooklyn, Culture magazine, and the American Oggi, and most recently La Cucina Italiana for A.L.C’s signature porchetta. His has written for Hedonist Guides, I-Italy.org, brokelyn.com, and other medias about food and culture.
Louis enjoys traveling to Italy, eating new foods, and spending time with his family. He currently serves on the board of The Merchants of Third Avenue Civic Association, a local small business organization.
In 2008, Louis married Alison Ganim, a registered nurse. They live in Bay Ridge Brooklyn with their four children Ava, Luigi, Luca, and Maria.