Established in 1906, in Little Italy, New York City, the first Fretta’s Pork Store was opened by Louis Fretta along with his three sons, John, Joseph, and Ralph. Third-generation proprietors and cousins John and Anthony continued running the business and opened stores in Brooklyn, as well as maintaining the beloved Manhattan location.
Working from when he was 14, alongside his father and cousin John, Joe Fretta became the fourth-generation family member to run the celebrated salumerias.
As the neighborhoods surrounding the New York City stores changed, the Little Italy location was closed in 1994, and the Brooklyn store closed in 1997. Looking for a place to raise his family and continue his family’s business, Joseph, along with his wife Denice and their two sons, relocated to Milford, Pennsylvania in 1997 and opened Fretta’s Italian Food Specialties in 1998.
In 2019, Joe and Denice decided to close the last retail store in order to spend more time with their family, and to pursue Joe’s dream of manufacturing Fretta’s famous Italian cured-meat products for direct shipment to their customers.
Now, continuing the over 100-year-old Fretta’s tradition, Joseph has taught his son John to be a fifth-generation sausage-maker.