Owned and operated by wife-and-wife team Calavino Donati and Doria Roberts, Urban Cannibals Bodega & Bites opened on Dec. 1, 2009, and continues to feed the masses seeking something off the beaten path.
“Urban Cannibals was originally the name of a sandwich shop Calavino owned in 2000. We revived the name, added ‘Bodega & Bites’ so people knew what we were, and created the concept of the store around the idea of urban pioneers ‘feeding off’ each other’s energy through exchange of ideas, goods and services all while being responsible stewards of themselves, their communities and the planet (in that order),” says Roberts, who is also a critically acclaimed local musician and artist.
As a bodega, which means small grocery store, Urban Cannibals also has a small deli, run by Donati, and a bakery, operated by Roberts. The store is set to appear on the Food Network next month on the show “Meat & Potatoes, Hosted by Rahm Fama,” featuring Donati’s renowned Urban Reuben.