Many South Florida residents are surprised when they stumble upon this little hidden gem tucked away off I-95 between Stirling Road and Sheridan Street. Ralph’s International Market is not a traditional supermarket franchise. A matter of fact, it’s far from it.
The market is the creation of its owner, Pat Lucci. The retired 2-star Admiral from Buffalo, New York wanted to represent many of the major U.S. manufacturers as well as many foreign manufacturers in his store. The diverse mix makes up the uniqueness of shopping at Ralph’s. Anyone craving a taste of home can most likely find what they are looking for at this international market.
Pat Lucci, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Ralph’s International Market took the time to answer some frequently asked questions about his “super” market.
What would you say Ralph’s International Market specializes in?
We have the largest variety of imported food products from all over the world. From bakery items to wines and everything in between, one can expect to find the most unique and hard to find items.
What is the newest product(s) that you are most excited about?
We imported a coffee roaster and espresso machine from Italy to include at our deli/coffee bar. We are happy to serve the freshest cup of coffee, cappuccino or box of coffee beans/grounds you could ever possibly get. We are expanding into smoked meats on-premise and have a full line of bakery products and cake decorating supplies.
Can customers grab a bite at your store?
We have a deli that serves quick, fresh and affordably priced breakfast and lunch and delicious meals for those on-the-go Monday through Friday. If it’s not on the menu we will do our best to create it.
Being from Buffalo, New York, do you carry any special items representing your home?
Yes! P.J.’s Crystal Beach Loganberry Syrup, Webers Horseradish Mustard, Piccalilli Relish, Anchor Bar Wing Sauce, Ted’s Famous Hot Sauce, Bison Dip, Chiavettas, Molson, Genessee and Labatts. We also have the infamous Sahler’s Smokehouse Hot Dogs.
What are some other specialty items that you sell?
We have a top-notch selection of cheeses, salmon, caviar, a large selection of carved meats, olive oils, Hungarian salami, and Turkish coffee. In fact, we can roast and/or smoke anything…fresh turkey, pig, goat, lamb, you name it especially for a special occasion. We also carry Kosher products.
Where are your wines from?
We offer a large quality selection with great prices. Our Romanian, Bulgarian and Hungarian wine assortment is one of the largest and most popular in the area.
What can one expect when shopping at Ralph’s International Market?
Our staff is extremely helpful, and we value each customer. Usually, after just one visit, customers always come back and become family. We provide an experience when shopping here, a culinary adventure, if you will.