Bringing a taste of Italy to the east side of Detroit since 1923.


The best subs in Michigan have been made by hand every day since the 1960’s. It began when Grandpa Vic would bring sandwiches to all his friends down at Tiger Stadium to watch the Lions games. Since then, generations of our family have continued to serve Ventimiglia subs to generations of your families, using fresh bread, Italian meats and cheeses.


You’re busy. We get it. So just sit back, relax, and let us handle the cooking. Whether it’s a simple family dinner, or your next big event, give us a call. Order everything from breaded chicken cutlets to salads, lasagna made with fresh pasta sheets, radiatori alfredo, sausage with peppers & onions, roasted potatoes, and more.


Our family has been in the food business for four generations. In the early 1920s, Antonio Ventimiglia came to this country with his brothers to live the American dream. He started out selling fruit on the street from a cart and, in time, he opened his own store along with his son Victor and two daughters.

The family lived above the store in Cagalupo in Detroit and it became a part of the Ventimiglia family. In time, Victor and his sisters grew and moved out of the space above the store and had their own kids—the third generation.

Victor’s four sons—Tony, Sam, Vic, and Ronnie—spent a majority of their childhoods working at the store. As the story goes, on the last day of each school year, the boys would go straight to the store and they would stay there, working all summer, only going home on the weekends to cut the grass. As the boys grew older, Victor decided it was time to start his own store. So he opened a new Ventimiglia’s on Eight Mile Road in Detroit, while keeping alive the same traditions his father taught him.

Above (top to bottom): Our locations circa 1940, 1975, and today.

Victor’s oldest son, Tony, spent his summers learning all the family secrets: from curing olives to making pasta, and all about cheeses, meats, and old school Italian foods. He even delivered groceries to customers’ houses, learning that great customer service is the only kind. And to this day many of those same people and their families still shop with us at our current location in Sterling Heights.

Over the years, as the specialty market grew and changed, so did Tony’s love of great food. This love of food, appreciation of hard work, and understanding of great service is what he has passed on to his own family. Today, Tony’s son, Vic, and his children, continue the tradition started nearly 100 years ago with a fruit cart in Detroit—serving up some of the best subs, pastas, prepared food, imported groceries, and more.

So, come on by. Stop in, say hello, and experience a little taste of Italy, right here in Detroit.