Angelo Bucci; Rock Star!
I don’t know who is drooling more —
Apollo, an American bulldog who is lying down on a Travertine floor, gnawing on
a bully stick, or me — standing there caressing wall after wall of granite,
marble, stone, slate, glass and tile. Gazing at names like Green Pearl, Paradiso,
Baltic Brown, Blue Bahia and Santa Sicilia, I’ve just discovered my inner
cavewoman at Angelo’s Tile and Marble Outlet on Oregon Avenue.
“Many people know me from my days on 22nd
& Washington Avenue,” Angelo Bucci informs me. “I now have a new location with a
new concept. Half my showroom is the marble, granite and limestone and the other
half is the kitchen cabinets, hardwood flooring, and commercial and residential
carpeting. This is a one-stop shop.”
And what a shop! Instead of playing-card
size granite samples, Bucci has custom-ordered big, water-polished slabs. You
really get to see the grain and color in these splendid shafts. If you like
mosaics, there is an array of every color and arrangement.
Viewed in person, glass tile takes your
breath away and, when combined with steel tiles, the high-tech quality is
astounding. If you like the natural look, sample boards of pebble tiles and
Ledgestone will make your head spin. And the stone balustrades he features are
going to be the next big must-have.
All the cabinets are exclusive to Bucci.
“They are quality plywood, not particle board, and my men assemble them here so
my clients save money,” he explains. “And my tile installer, George Thomas, has
been with me for 14 years. His work speaks for itself.”
Growing up in Holy Spirit parish, in a
house that once held Masses in the basement, Bucci learned his craft at his
father’s knee. Emidio Bucci, now 78 and still laying brick, came here through
Ellis Island after the Nazis flattened his small town in Abruzzi. “I was like a
refugee; but I had family in the Bronx. I worked on scaffolding 30 stories high.
My son asks me to go up if something is higher than three stories,” he laughs.
Another member of Team Bucci is wife,
Debbie, who recently started her own Bucci Construction Co. “I met Angelo at the
Coral Reef at a Bob Pantano Dance Party three years ago.” Hospitable newlywed
Debbie, a blue-eyed, petite dynamo, holds down a day job at a major hotel and
also keeps the shop together, by setting up displays and working the computer.
“There is so much confusion about getting robbed by contractors. When I was a
single mother, I know I got taken advantage of by shady dealings. We invite
people into our home and show them what we can do. Not everyone can afford a
high-end kitchen or bath, but we respect all our customers. We work with you.”
I saw first-hand how my next-door
neighbor’s house sold for her asking price, after she put in a Bucci kitchen. So
what looks like a pile of stones, becomes much more when the mind of Angelo
Bucci touches it.
Angelo’s Tile and Marble
1901 West Oregon Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19145