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Dina’s Guide to NYC Italian Shops

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.

Butcher Shops

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.

Fashion

Mariana Antinori, Upper East Side, Owned by Mariana Antinori, the shop has high-end fashion accessories from Italy.

Grocery

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Pasta

Piemonte Home Made Ravioli Co., 190 Grand Street between Mulberry and Mott Streets, Little Italy:  Making fresh pasta since 1920.

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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.

Produce

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

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.

Sandwich

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.

Specialty

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.

Rossi

Urbani Truffles, 10 West End Avenue between 59th & 60th Streets, Upper West Side:  Well-known for truffles since 1850.

 

Rachel Khoo’s Sweet and Savoury Pates

I got a very sweet treat in the mail yesterday–Rachel Khoo’s Sweet and Savoury Pates.  It is a birthday gift from a dear friend.  Thank you, Rhona!

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I’ve been dying to make the white chocolate and raspberry whirl pictured on the cover.  Stay tuned because I will!  There are so many great spreads in this book.  Chocolate and olive oil sounds great and so does sun-dried tomato and ricotta.

Weekend Whets 8/22

Festa di Santa Rosalia Italian Festival, Friday, August 22, 2014 through September 1, 2014, Bensonhurst Brooklyn:  Italian religious and cultural festival with food, games, music and more.

 

Clam Bake, Saturday, August 23, 2014, 3 p.m., Sycamore Flowershop + Bar, Brooklyn:  Clams and beer.

 

Thaithentic Food and Culture Festival, Saturday, August, 23, 2014, 7 to 10 p.m., Midtown Manhattan:  The first-ever Thai-themed food festival in NYC.

 

The Sweet Escape:  NJ  Confection & Dessert Tasting Expo, Sunday, August 24, 2014, Union, NJ:  Expo of dessert professionals in the Tristate area.

 

September

 

Hoboken Italian Festival, September 4, 2014 through September 7, 2014, Hoboken, NJ:  Italian cultural festival with food, games, music and more including a cannoli eating contest and a grape stomp.

 

San Gennaro Festival, September 11, 2014 through September 21, 2014, Little Italy, Manhattan:  Italian religious and cultural procession with food, games, music, religious procession and more.

 

North Nordic Food Festival, September 13 through 20, 2014, NYC:  Cooking classes, tastings, dinners and more celebrating Nordic cuisine.

 

Rockin’ Ramen, Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 6 to 8 p.m., International Culinary Center Theater Kitchen, Broadway between Broome and Grand Streets, Manhattan: Explore the art and craft of ramen.

 

Urban Appetites:  Food and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York, Wednesday, September 17, 2014,  6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Elebash Recital Hall, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Ave., btw. 34th & 35th St., Midtown:  Historian Cindy Lobel discusses 19th-century’s New York’s food scene and how it affected the city’s development.

 

Central Park Smorg, Friday, September 19, 2014, 5 to 9 p.m., Central Park:  Smorgasburg brings 30 food vendors to Central Park Summer Stage for one night only.

August Love With Food Box

I got my August Love with Food box.  Full of interesting goodies, as usual–nut-free cookies, cheddar snack crackers, Montreal steak spice potato chips, salty taffy, organic lollipops, nuts, a frozen coconut pop and nutty puffed rice snacks.

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Weekend Whets 8/8

Giglio Festival, through Sunday, August 10, 2014, Pleasant Avenue from 114th to 116th Streets, East Harlem, Manhattan:  Italian religious festival with lifting of the Giglio, live music, games, food and more.
Hudson County Restaurant Week, through August 8, 2014:  Discounted meals at popular Hudson County restaurants.
Pies Ahoy Part Deux with the Robicellis, Friday, August 8, 2014, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Robicelli’s, Brooklyn:  Learn how to make pie crust and pies with the Robicellis.  $65.
La Festa Italiana, Wednesday, August 13, 2o14 through Sunday, August 17, 2014, Holy Rosary Church, Jersey City, NJ:  Italian religious and cultural festival with live music and entertainment, food and games.
NYC Restaurant Week, through August 15, 2014:  3-course lunch and dinner specials at participating restaurants.  Reservations open July 9.
The Basics:  Pastry 101 with the Robicellis, Friday, August 15, 2014, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Robicelli’s, Brooklyn:  Learn how to make basic baked goods with the Robicellis.  $60.
125th Annual Feast of St. Rocco, Sunday, August 17, 2014, Noon, St. Joseph’s Church, 5 Monroe Street, Downtown Manhattan:  Live music and entertainment, Italian food, raffles and religious procession.
September
Urban Appetites:  Food and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York, Wednesday, September 17, 2014,  6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Elebash Recital Hall, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Ave., btw. 34th & 35th St., Midtown:  Historian Cindy Lobel discusses 19th-century’s New York’s food scene and how it affected the city’s development.

Weekend Whets 8/1

Knife Skills with the Robicellis, Friday, August 1, 2014, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Robicelli’s, Brooklyn:  Learn knife skills to be a better cook.  $60.
Historic Preservation, Meet Restaurant Preservation, Tuesday, August, 5, 2014, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, Village, Manhattan:  A panel discussion with food, real estate and retail experts.
Giglio Festival, Thursday, August 7, 2014 through Sunday, August 10, 2014, Pleasant Avenue from 114th to 116th Streets, East Harlem, Manhattan:  Italian religious festival with lifting of the Giglio, live music, games, food and more.
Hudson County Restaurant Week, through August 8, 2014:  Discounted meals at popular Hudson County restaurants.
Pies Ahoy Part Deux with the Robicellis, Friday, August 8, 2014, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Robicelli’s, Brooklyn:  Learn how to make pie crust and pies with the Robicellis.  $65.
La Festa Italiana, Wednesday, August 13, 2o14 through Sunday, August 17, 2014, Holy Rosary Church, Jersey City, NJ:  Italian religious and cultural festival with live music and entertainment, food and games.
NYC Restaurant Week, through August 15, 2014:  3-course lunch and dinner specials at participating restaurants.  Reservations open July 9.
The Basics:  Pastry 101 with the Robicellis, Friday, August 15, 2014, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Robicelli’s, Brooklyn:  Learn how to make basic baked goods with the Robicellis.  $60.
125th Annual Feast of St. Rocco, Sunday, August 17, 2014, Noon, St. Joseph’s Church, 5 Monroe Street, Downtown Manhattan:  Live music and entertainment, Italian food, raffles and religious procession.

Weekend Whets 7/25

NYC Restaurant Week, July 21 through August 15, 2014:  3-course lunch and dinner specials at participating restaurants.  Reservations open July 9.
St. Ann’s Italian Festival, July 23 through July 27, 2014, Hoboken, NJ:  Italian religious and cultural festival with food, music, games and more.
Bacon and Beer Classic, Saturday, July 26, 2014, Citi Field Ballpark, Queens:  Sample foods featuring bacon and craft beers with music, games and more.

New Nordic Meets Copenhagen Street Food, Saturday, July 26, 2014, Noon to 4 p.m., The Copenhagen, Tribeca, Manhattan:  Revolving Dansk (R/DK) serves the classic Danish pølse (Denmark’s old world hot dog) with fried onions, remoulade and Danish sweet pickles.

Ice Cream Takedown, Sunday, July 27, 2014, 2 to 4 p.m., Bell House, Brooklyn

A Taste of Italy, Sunday, July 27, 2014, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Queens Historical Society, Queens:  Enjoy the culture of Italy and a historical trip to the World’s Fair.

Hudson County Restaurant Week, July 28 through August 8, 2014:  Discounted meals at popular Hudson County restaurants.