Growing up as a first generation American, born to parents who had immigrated from Italy, Sam DiPietro experienced a world of learning and opportunities. He attended Portland schools where he learned English and in turn helped teach his parents. He was an outstanding athlete in High School, out-going and well liked. Finding friendship, recreation, and productive outlets at The Boy's Club on Cumberland Avenue while growing up, he gained a strong sense of community.
Shaped by the strong work ethic of his family, he worked shining shoes in Monument Square at the tender age of 8 with his older brother Carmine. Soon after he would work in his Mother's store, DiPietro's Italian Sandwiches on Cumberland Avenue. Years later, as a salesman at Synder's Men's Store he was mentored by a lifelong friend, Maury Drees.
He married Helen Grindel in 1955, and they raised their four children in South Portland. In 1972, Sam and Helen and their children opened DiPietro's Market on Cottage Avenue, which became a local landmark in the town they called home. He worked to co-found the Boy's and Girl's Club in South Portland to provide the same opportunities he had been afforded as a child. He served in local and state political offices for 15 or more years, and shared many years and many friendships as a invested member of the community. Conversations with Sam at the back of the Market would include politics, family, work, sports and bits of Sam wisdoms. He loved being with his wife and family sharing meals, stories, music and laughter.
Today you will still find some of Sam's family here. For more than 40 years DiPietro's Market has remained a family business and a fixture in the community. A local landmark that many will remember and recognize. Past and present, family and community are doing nicely!
If you're in the neighborhood stop in and say hello.
If you're hungry there's sure to be something on our menu that you'll enjoy!