I’ve written about Italian bakeries in Dina’s Guide to NYC Italian Bakeries, so I thought I’d make a list of Manhattan’s Italian grocery stores, meat markets, delis, cheese stores, pasta shops and specialty stores. Today, many of these stores sell Italian food products as well as their specialties. This guide lists stores in Manhattan only. I hope that I’ve covered all the shops. If I miss one, please let me know.
Albanese Meats & Poultry, 238 Elizabeth Street between Houston and Prince Streets, Nolita: 90-year-old butcher shop owned by the son of the founder, Moe Albanese.
Florence Prime Meat Market, 5 Jones Street, between West 4th and Bleecker Streets, West Village: Old-school butcher shop opened in 1936.
Ottomanelli & Sons Meat Market, 285 Bleecker Street between Commerce Street and South 7th Avenue, West Village: Owned by Frank Ottomanelli, Ottomanelli & Sons was founded by his father over 60 years ago.
Ottomanelli Butcher Shoppe, 1549 York Avenue at 82nd Street, Upper East Side: This is where Lady Gaga got the meat for her meat dress.
Esposito’s Finest Quality, 354 West 38th Street at Ninth Avenue, Hell’s Kitchen: Over 80 years in business, it is known for its pork, particularly sausage.
Faicco’s Italian Specialties, 260 Bleecker Street between Cornelia and Morton Streets, West Village: Owned by the same family for over 100 years, Faicco’s was a pork butcher shop but now also carries a large selection of Italian foods.
Pino’s Prime Meat Market, 149 Sullivan Street between Houston and Prince Streets, Soho: The location housed butcher shops for over 100 years, and in 1978, Sicilian immigrant Pino Cinquemani opened Pino’s Prime Meat Market there.
Mariana Antinori, Upper East Side, Owned by Mariana Antinori, the shop has high-end fashion accessories from Italy.
Agata & Valentina, 1505 First Avenue in Yorkville and 64 University Place in Greenwich Village: Founded on the Upper East Side in 1993 by Joe and Agata Musco and partner Louis Balducci of the Balducci’s food market.
Bottega Falai, 267 Lafayette Street in Soho: A small grocery and takeout shop with contemporary Italian sandwiches and pastries.
Bruno’s Catering & Pizza, 282 First Avenue near 17th Street, Stuyvesant Town: Now a market with homemade ravioli and pasta as well as takeout and delivery, Bruno’s was opened in 1905 by Bruno Cavalli who became the “King of Ravioli.”
buonitalia, inside Chelsea Market, Meatpacking District: A market specializing in foods from Italy.
Ceriello Fine Foods, inside Grand Central Terminal, Midtown East: Italian market specialties especially prime dry aged beef and cured meats.
Di Palo’s, 200 Grand Street at Mott Street, Little Italy: Opened as a dairy in 1925 by Concetta Di Palo whose father, Savino (from Basilicata, Italy [where my mom's family is from]) also owned a dairy in the city. Di Palo’s now specializes in all Italian goods like cheese, cured meats and pasta.
Eataly, 200 Fifth Avenue at 23rd Street, Flatiron: A contemporary Italian super-market owned by B&B Hospitality Group (Joe Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich and Mario Batali), Oscar Farinetti and brothers Adam and Alex Saper.
Milano Market, 1582 Third Avenue, Upper East Side and 2892 Broadway between 111th & 112th Streets, Morningside Heights: Italian deli opened over 30 years ago by an Italian immigrant.
Todaro Bros., 555 Second Avenue between 30th & 31st Streets, Kips Bay: Started in 1917 by a Sicilian immigrant and still a family business.
Milk & Cheese Shops
Alleva Dairy, 188 Grand Street at Mulberry Street, Little Italy: In 1892, Pina Alleva (female) from Benevento, Italy (near where my dad’s family is from) opened the first cheese shop in the US. Still owned by the same family, it has the original tile floor and tin ceiling. Now it also sell meats and deli/grocery items.
Joe’s Dairy, Soho, Cheese institution that is closed to retail but doing wholesale.
Russo Mozzarella & Pasta, 344 East 11st Street at 1st Avenue, East Village: Fresh mozzarella and fresh pasta since 1908.
Piemonte Home Made Ravioli Co., 190 Grand Street between Mulberry and Mott Streets, Little Italy: Making fresh pasta since 1920.
Raffetto’s, Noho, 144 West Houston Street at MacDougal Street, Noho: Raffetto’s opened in 1906 and served only two kinds of ravioli–Genovese style with meat and cheese and Neapolitan style with only cheese. Now it makes over 50 different pastas.
Mazzella’s Market, 694 9th Avenue at 48th Street, Hell’s Kitchen: Selling produce for over 80 years. Definitely one of the best places to get produce in the area.
Zingone Brothers, 471 Columbus Avenue between 82nd & 83rd Streets, Upper West Side: The Zingone family has sold produce on the Upper West Side since 1927.
Salumeria Biellese, 376 Eighth Avenue at 29th Street, Chelsea: Selling cured meats and fresh sausage since 1925.
Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto, 283 Amsterdam Avenue between 73rd and 74th Streets, Upper West Side: The Rosi family and Cesare Casella’s salumeria. (There is a restaurant on the Upper East Side also.)
Sergimmo Salumeria, 456 9th Avenue between 35th & 36th Streets, Hell’s Kitchen: Salumeria opened by two Sicilian immigrants in 1970.
Parisi, 198 Mott Street at Kenmare Street, Little Italy: Parisi is the last Italian bread bakery in NYC and one of Frank Sinatra’s favorites. Parisi Bakery opened at this location 106 years ago. It’s now a deli and the bakery is at another location.
Manganaro’s Hero-Boy, 494 Ninth Avenue between 37th & 38th Streets, Hell’s Kitchen: In business for over 100 years, it claims to have invented the six-foot hero.
Alidoro, 105 Sullivan Street between Spring and Prince Streets, Soho: Popular sandwich shop with over 40 sandwiches.
Filicori Zecchini, 2541 Broadway between 93rd & 94th Streets, Upper West Side: Italian coffee shop and cafe.
Rossi & Sons, 193 Grand Street between Mulberry and Mott Streets, Little Italy: Founded in 1910 by music publisher Ernesto Rossi, Rossi & Sons now sells Italian kitchen and gift wares a few doors down from its original store on the corner of Grand and Mulberry.
Urbani Truffles, 10 West End Avenue between 59th & 60th Streets, Upper West Side: Well-known for truffles since 1850.