The Dietz & Watson Family Thing

Our founder, Gottlieb Dietz, came from Germany and planted his family roots in Philadelphia. He worked for decades as a sausage maker before purchasing the Watson Meat Company in 1939, keeping on Walter Watson as a partner. And so Dietz & Watson was born. Nearly 80 years later, the company is still run by the same family.

We started out along the Delaware River right next to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia. This hugely historic neighborhood was inspirational, and was the location where our second generation of family members took over after Gottlieb passed in 1964.

Louis Eni, Sr. (Left), George Giacchino (Right) stand in front of a freshly painted delivery truck with Dietz & Watson Sign painters

Louis Eni, Sr. (Left), George Giacchino (Right) stand in front of a freshly painted delivery truck with Dietz & Watson Sign painters

When you’ve been obsessed with meat and cheese for four generations…
It’s a family thing.

In 1975, we moved to our current location in Northeast Philly, where we expanded, grew, and the third generation of family members took over (with the fourth generation working right alongside them).

So we’ve grown, and faces have changed since we first opened our doors, but a lot of things are still the same. For example, many of our recipes are taken from Gottlieb’s told timeworn recipe book. We still handcraft our own spice blends, and we still hand trim and slow roast our meat. Because we learned how to do things the right way, from experts with a lifetime of knowledge, passed on down from family member to family member.

Every person who works at Dietz & Watson has a hand in making us who we are. Coworkers have become friends and neighbors and that family feeling has further stretched to every deli counter, corner deli, and partner. We believe that every family has their own unique traditions, and they often involve food. That’s what motivates us every day to make the best premium meats and artisan cheeses we can, and taking them to every corner of America.

Chris Yingling and Lauren Eni (4th generation) sitting with their grandpop Louis Eni, Sr. (2nd generation) in the 1980s

Chris Yingling and Lauren Eni (4th generation) sitting with their grandpop Louis Eni, Sr. (2nd generation) in the 1980s