By Crystal McGough
TRUSSVILLE — A new and unique market will be making its debut in Trussville this spring. La Farre Markt is expected to open its doors at 418 Main Street with a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 3, 2021.
Adria Tortorigi, who has owned a shop called Stach and Co., in Guntersville, for the last three years, decided to take a leap of faith and open a market in Trussville that will specialize in selling wine, gourmet foods, charcuterie boards and gifts.
“I’ve always had a passion for cooking, then the pandemic hit and I started sharing my culinary skills and pairing those foods with wine, and doing custom charcuterie boards for parties,” Tortorigi said. “I cannot tell you how many people I have fed and how many boards I have made. People are just so impressed with them and there’s just a need for it. I’ve had so many people say, ‘Please open a location in Trussville.’ I’ve been here for eight years with my husband, Joseph Tortorigi, and I just thought I’m ready for it. I saw an opportunity here to serve the community, especially being the first wine shop to be offered in the Trussville area.”
The name La Farre Markt is of German origin, meaning “to go far.” Tortorigi said the name was inspired by her late father and her own desire to go far in life.
“My dad was born in Germany,” she said. “When he was a child, he came to the States. He inspired me, lifted me up and encouraged me, so I just wanted this venture to be a little part of him. He’s always in my heart and everything I do.”
In addition to gifts, gift baskets, wine, charcuterie boards and other ready-made gourmet foods, La Farre will also offer weekly dinner kits that can be pre-ordered. Dishes may include, but are not limited to, homemade meatballs, marsala and chicken broccoli Alfredo. All sauces and dishes will be homemade.
“I love to cook foods of all cultures,” said Tortorigi, who boasts a Corks & Chefs award-winning Bolognese. “A lot of my cooking is homemade Italian.”
Customers who wish to spend a little more time at La Farre are welcome sit at one of four outdoor tables and enjoy wine by the glass or a cigar. There will also be a private room, which will seat six to eight people, where educational wine classes will be held. The room will be available to rent for small gatherings, as well.
Additionally, wine tastings will be held twice-a-month on a weekday evening, to be determined.
Tortorigi said that La Farre Markt will have an official mascot, a capuchin monkey named Virgil, who enjoys drinking red wine and margaritas in his free time. While Virgil will not always be at the market, Tortorigi said that customers can expect the mascot to make occasional “peek-a-boo” appearances.
La Farre Markt will be located at 418 Main Street, Trussville, AL 35173. Hours of operation will be Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Sundays.
“I’ve just watched this community and this city grow,” Tortorigi said. “It has just grown so fast and I feel the need for La Farre. Great gifts, baskets and gourmet food to-go!”