Peter Ottomanelli, 65, of famed family meat market on Bleecker

Peter Ottomanelli.

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Peter J. Ottomanelli, a partner with three of his brothers in O. Ottomanelli & Sons, the meat market founded by their late father that has become a Greenwich Village institution, died June 1 at the age of 65.

He died of cancer in Richmond University Medical Center on Staten Island after a brief illness.

Born and raised in Greenwich Village, Peter Ottomanelli learned his trade as a boy working in the family business founded by Onofrio Ottomanelli in 1956 on Bleecker St.

Pete and three of his brothers, Jerry, Frankie and Joey, became principals in the business after their father died at the age of 83 in 2000. Two other brothers, Michael and Nicky, were also part of the business but left to work elsewhere in the industry.

In 1998, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation gave Onofrio and his sons one of its annual awards honoring the people, places and institutions that make the Village the beloved neighborhood that it is.

Peter graduated from St. Leonard High School in Brooklyn and joined the family businesses as a young man. He married the former Joan De Palma 38 years ago. They lived in Staten Island where they raised their daughter, Teresa.

A fan of Elvis Presley, Peter also loved boating and was a Dallas Cowboys football fan. He was a parishioner of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Huguenot, Staten Island.

In addition to his five brothers and his wife and daughter, his son-in-law, Anthony Treglia, and grandchildren, Giovanna Elaina and Christopher Anthony Treglia, also survive. A sister, Fran Ciringione, predeceased him.

The John Vincent Scalia Funeral Home of Eltonville, Staten Island, was in charge of arrangements. The funeral Mass was June 5 in St. Clare’s Church, in Great Kills, Staten Island, and burial was in Holy Savior Cemetery, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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8 Responses to Peter Ottomanelli, 65, of famed family meat market on Bleecker

  1. One of the hardest working men in one of the hardest working families in New York City. Condolences to your family and brothers from someone who counts on you.

  2. Lisa Kloeppel Daly

    Love this family. Went to St. Josephs with them. R.I.P. Peter. There was no mention of Rosemary the youngest sister.
    All of us who were raised in the village spent all of our holidays on line at the Ottomanelli's. It would not have been any other way. Condolences to the Ottomanelli family .We share your sadness. Lisa Kloeppel.

  3. Jim Guinnessey

    Many years ago I was a cook/chef at a local Village restaurant and always personally bought meat for the restaurant at Ottomanellis on Bleeker Street. Ottomanelli products were always first class.

  4. RIP Pete. Thank you for your help, always. T

  5. We miss you, Pete.
    Ann and Jack

  6. Pete was an ace. A very nice man with a quick sense of humor. One of the people who made the village feel like a village. My condolences to the family. My heart is with them.

  7. I write this with a heavy heart. Pete was a real mensch and always made me feel special, as do his brothers.
    I have been going to Ottomanelli & Sons, sine the 1970's and we all started to grow old together. Pete had such a geat sense of humor and never left there without a smile on my face. Frank, Jerry and Joey are also the kindest and most decent men, I've ever met.
    It a great loss for the Village, he was an original character and will be greatly missed.
    R.I.P., Peter Ottomanelli, we will never forget the joy you shared with everyone that ever
    stepped through your doors.
    Maggie Allen & Sal Rasa

  8. A wonderful man from a family that always takes great pride in their work and how they treat people. Their market is a true marketplace where life, traditions, and people grow. Will miss you Pete, as so many others will.

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