Woman honors grandma by sharing tea tradition

July 27, 2017 07:04 PM

A Delmar woman is honoring her grandmother by way of a family tradition. It’s a tradition she hopes to share with more than family.

Dinners at Maria Gallo's Italian grandmother's house were always filled with good food and lots of it. However, those dinners were not complete without grandmother's Nani's homemade iced tea. After Nani passed away at 95, Gallo kept making the tea, sharing it with co-workers who loved it. Even those who didn't like mint soon converted.

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In 2014, her then boss, Restaurateur Angelo Mazzone, told Gallo it was time to share it with the public. However, making tea was easier than marketing it. She had to learn phrases like "shelf life" and the different varieties of mint. She persevered, not only wanting to share a family tradition but honor Nani, even in the packaging.

Quite unexpectedly, a grassroots movement began through word of mouth. Nani's Iced Tea was getting into stores.

One of those who helped spread the word about the tea is John Hooper of the Delmar Marketplace. A man who purchased the tea there gave her a call.

Today, her grandmother's tea is in three flavors and 30 stores and she wants to share it with even more people.


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