Rejoice Little Italy; at long last, Roma Urban Market has finally opened its doors. More than two years in the making, the 8,900-square-foot marketplace and eatery is currently operating in training and preview mode with an official launch scheduled for Monday, October 2 when its established hours will be 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday and Monday and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Located at the corner of Beech Street and Columbia Street, Roma Urban Market is aiming to add an all-day dining and shopping destination to the neighborhood, offering everything from prepared food to produce, grocery items and household staples. There’s a sandwich station, with fresh baked bread serving as the base for hoagies, meatball subs and more, a pizzeria offering made-to-order 10-inch or 14-inch pies and calzones, and rotisserie chickens ready to go. The deli will be stocked with salads, meat and cheese, housemade fresh sausage and prepared dishes ranging from lasagna to arancini, and there is cold beer, wine and spirits available for purchase.
A breakfast bar, serving coffee and fresh pastries, will transition in the afternoon into a craft beer and wine bar offering small snacks, with seating spanning a central atrium and two sidewalk patios; customers will be able to shop for wine and beers and open bottles with no corkage fee on the Columbia Street side. Also launching before October 2 is Dixie Pops, which will have a walk-up window open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. selling frozen popsicles that include dairy, fruit-based, vegan-safe and even dog-friendly varieties.