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Oliva’s Market Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Creator of Oliva's famous antipasto and the bookkeeper that keeps the business humming along, Mary Oliva enjoyed taking part in the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Oliva's Market.

Italian music, food and games were plentiful at 85 East Main St. on Saturday, April 30 as Oliva's Market and Catering celebrated their 50th Anniversary. Festivities included games to benefit the Oliva's Patient Comfort Fund, which benefits cancer patients at Milford Regional Medical Center. The foundation was set up in August 2007 to help cancer patients with expenses related to their care. Participants spun a wheel of prizes and won various items ranging from food items, crafts, and sports related tickets.

The smell of grilled steak, chicken parmesan, meatball subs, hot dogs and fresh popcorn permeated the air. An Italian ice cart was set up along with Nantucket Nectars, and Pellegrino water. WMRC was broadcasting live from the location. Hundreds of people enjoyed both the atmosphere inside and outside of the market.

Oliva's Market was founded by Babe and Joe Oliva, two brothers, in 1961. The original market was an Italian delicatessen. Today's market offers a huge catering menu along with fresh sandwiches, salads, pizza, bread, take home refrigerated meals, and various gourmet items.

Babe's wife, Mary Oliva, is the bookkeeper of the business and wears many hats. Many say she is the backbone of the business. Her famous antipasto is a big seller for the market on a daily basis and several hundred are sold over the holiday season. Over the years Babe and Mary encouraged their children to bring some of their own ideas into the business. In 1983, Babe's son, Nicky, started the catering branch of the business and daughter, Gina, made some changes to upscale the market with various gourmet items. She wanted to bring a little of the North End to Milford. Gina started a gift shop in the business in 1999. Daughter, Carla, is a professional chef and handles customer relations.

Gina said, "The Oliva family would like to thank the Milford Community for 50 years of support and loyalty." She also said that many generations of families from Milford have shopped at the market and when they move away, it is one of the first destinations they visit when returning to the area. Oliva's catering vans can be spotted throughout the New England area, even outside Fenway Park delivering food for the players after the game.

Babe Oliva, one of the two brothers who founded the Milford landmark store, worked behind the counter during the 50th Anniversary Celebration at Oliva's Market.


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