John Amato Sr.: The Legacy of Hoboken’s Fiore’s House of Quality Patriarch

As Hoboken Girl first reported, the city of Hoboken mourns the loss of John Amato Sr., who passed away on August 30th at the age of 88. John Amato Sr. was a significant figure in the Hoboken community, known as the patriarch of the family currently running Fiore’s House of Quality. His association with the renowned Hoboken deli began in 1948, and he later acquired the store from its original owner, Mr. Fiore, in 1965. The Fiore’s team, in their tribute to John, recognized his pivotal role in establishing Fiore’s as the iconic establishment it is today. For John, the store was akin to a “second home”, and he cherished working side by side with his family, ensuring the residents of Hoboken received the freshest mutz.

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla expressed his condolences, stating, “My thoughts are with the family of John Amato Sr., the owner of Fiore’s, a family-owned business that has been an integral part of our Mile Square for generations. To say John’s contributions to our community were immeasurable would be an understatement. Hoboken is the incredible place it is today in large part because of the many contributions of hardworking business owners like John, who took tremendous pride in serving his loyal customers. May his memory live on with his family and friends for generations to come.”

John’s impact on the Hoboken community is undeniable. His dedication and contributions have left an indelible mark. The Hoboken Girl team fondly recalls their interactions with John during their visits to Fiore’s. His legacy continues to thrive through the Fiore’s team, his family, and notably his son, John Amato Jr., who remains committed to offering unparalleled Italian delicacies in the city. Heartfelt condolences have been extended to John’s family, friends, and colleagues.

In remembrance of John Amato Sr., a look back at the history of his family business reveals the deep-rooted legacy of Fiore’s House of Quality, situated at 414 Adams Street. The deli’s inception dates back to 1903 by the Fiore Family, where a loaf of bread was priced at a mere nickel. Initially, it catered to patrons for their weekly cold cuts, with sandwiches being introduced much later. John Amato Sr.’s association with the deli started in the mid-1960s as a delivery boy. Together with his son, John Jr., they managed the production of mutz and the overall operations of the store. The Amato Family’s stewardship of the business spans almost six decades. Despite the evolving landscape of Hoboken, Fiore’s stands strong as one of the most sought-after delis and remains a cornerstone of the community.

Fiore’s House of Quality operates from Monday to Saturday, between 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, offering an unforgettable culinary experience. It is also noteworthy that Fiore’s provides parking facilities, ensuring convenience for its patrons.

Source: Hoboken Girl.


  1. To all of John’s family & friends, I’m so, so sorry for your loss.
    The last time I was in Fiore’s for fresh mutz he said wait a few minutes I have a new batch coming out and gave me a big piece… still warm. It’s the best mozzarella is the entire world.

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