About the Author & Owner of Peter’s Meat Market
I never get tired of hearing about someone who achieved the American Dream. Being the son of an Italian immigrant who came to the States with nothing more than hope, I know firsthand the hard work and courage it takes to fulfill that dream. Having grown up in the Bronx in the 1960s, I am very fortunate to have known many people who came from diverse backgrounds and cultures that had their own success stories to tell. Being surrounded by neighbors and family who had a strong work ethic and an appreciation for everything they earned has been my greatest inspiration. Peter Servedio, owner of Peter’s Meat Market on Arthur Avenue, was always an inspiring role model to me with his own version of achieving the American Dream.
Peter’s story begins in Grumo Appula, a small village just outside of Bari, in the Puglia region of Italy. It’s the part of Italy that looks like the heel of a boot when seen on a map. He was one of eight children who were brought up in a family of farmers. The Servedios worked their own land as well as the land for the largest property owner in the village to produce wine grapes, olives and almonds. The village was principally agricultural and the entire life of the locals was focused on growing the produce they sold wholesale, either straight from the tree (the raw almonds) or turned into wine and olive oil. Buyers came from as far away as Naples and Rome to bid on their products.