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New market carries on the Madia’s legacy in Geneva

When Chelsey Madia put Madia’s Market up for sale earlier this year with the impending retirement of her dad, Richard “Soapy” Madia, she got two purchase offers.

It was the one from Mike D’Angelo and his wife, Julie Bazan, owners of the former Luigi’s Old World Market & Café on Exchange Street, that the family accepted.

The reason: They believed the couple was sincere in carrying on — and even building on — the Madia legacy that comes from decades in the food business in Geneva that included the former Big M on Castle Street to the downtown Castle Street location. There, the focus moved mostly to fresh meats and deli products, including its famous Italian sausage, which is not only loved by residents but by restaurants that Madia’s supplies all over the region.

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