A blast to the past: Italian grocers to In-N-Out
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Ron Dalessandro's family ran a produce business in the 1930s on Atlantic Blvd near Huntington Ave, a time when the local immigrants mostly came from Italy. Dalessandro's grandfather Philip and great uncle Joe Banando came from Bari, Italy to seek their fortune in California. The grocery became the family business, and Dalessandro went on to work at the next market, Philip's Ranch Market in South San Gabriel which his parents ran until 1986. For the past 19 years, Dalessandro has been a City of Alhambra employee.
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