Since 1959 the Barrels family has served the finest homemade Italian foods using the freshest ingredients available in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. Today the Gualteri family continues those old-world values in Margate at the corner of Jerome and Ventnor avenues, carrying on the tradition established by Founder "Johnny Barrels" Franco.

There are two legends of how "Johnny Barrels" got his nickname. One is that he was shaped like a barrel of beer. The other is that he could drink a barrel of beer. Either way, Johnny Barrels began a tradition that continues today through his daughter Rose Gualtieri, who has been the family matriarch for the past three decades. Rose, Johnny's eldest daughter, has a nickname as well, "Rosie Blue Eyes." With her knowledge of food and cooking skills learned from her father, Rose has been making her “award-winning meatballs,” the finest homemade soups and authentic four-generation Calabrian family recipes available at the Jersey Shore.

Rose’s son Chris has inherited "the wooden spoon," with mom there every morning overseeing. He is continuing the tradition of serving their family recipes consisting of a wide variety of pastas, hearty soups, seafood entrees, fresh salads and unique sandwiches made fresh daily. Chris is a graduate of Widener University with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management and has 10 years of experience as a food and beverage manager at the Tropicana Atlantic City. He also has years of experience from childhood cooking with his grandfather Johnny Barrels, his mom Rose, along with brothers Anthony, Peter and John. Chris enjoys meeting generations of families who have enjoyed Barrels cuisine over the past 25 years and have made eating at Barrels their family tradition.

Barrels is open seven days for lunch and dinner year round with speedy delivery, take out, dining in, as well as on- and off-premise catering.

“It is our pleasure to serve our local residents, returning visitors and new friends to our family restaurant," Chris Gualteri says.

Barrels of Margate, 8409 Ventnor Ave., Margate, BarrelsMargate.com

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