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orzobino Aug 17, 2006 03:35 PM

anybody familiar with this place???

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    Chapel Will RE: orzobino Aug 17, 2006 08:17 PM

    Is it near the Krispy Kreme - Peace Street?

    If so, very nice, helpful people running the joint on my one pass through. Based on service I would do my best to patronize them if I lived in the area, but I really can't comment on prices/value/selection having only been the one time.

    1. OrganicGal RE: orzobino Aug 17, 2006 09:14 PM

      I'm with Chapel Will. I've only been there one time, but I do remember walking in, and having the amazing aroma cause me to stop dead in my tracks just to inhale. A combination of garlic, olive oil, rosemary; it made me long for my Italian grannie's kitchen. I really need to go back there soon and buy one of everything!

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        rockycat RE: orzobino Aug 18, 2006 02:43 PM

        Nice try, but we still don't have anything resembling an Italian deli in Raleigh. My SO stopped in two days ago for lunch fixin's. The ciabatta looked lovely on the outside and tasted like plain old white bread. Good white bread, but still nothing in taste or texture like real ciabatta. They seemed to think there was a difference between hot and sweet capicolla (sp?) and hot and sweet "cappy." Four difference varieties of something. We're guessing that the "cappy" was domestic and the capicolla was imported.
        In my experience, Conti's is not worth going out of your way for.

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          chimchim RE: rockycat Aug 18, 2006 09:19 PM

          I'm surprised to hear you say that, and could not disagree more. Being a transplant from the Northeast, it's the only real Italian market we've come across. Great cheeses, Cento tomatoes, De Cecco pasta (including gnocchi), terrific sausage, etc. The only thing missing is sawdust on the floor!

          Oh yes, and that smell... Brings me back to the mom and pop Italian market my mom would send me to as a boy, where they had their own smokehouse in back...

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            rockycat RE: chimchim Aug 19, 2006 01:42 AM

            I never saw an Italian deli in Brooklyn (where I grew up) that carried Thurman's meat, let alone tried to call them gourmet. Also, Cento and De Cecco are available in Harris Teeter. Most of Conti's brands are standard supermarket brands in NYC. I might be more favorably disposed, however, if Conti's would be willing to make sandwiches like most delis do.

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              Nab RE: rockycat Aug 20, 2006 12:32 PM

              Conti's isn't an Italian deli, but it's a place to get some Italian-imported goods that can't be had at your regular grocery store down here (mostly). Same goes for Capri Flavour. You can find some very good meats on occasion (eg. had a nice bresaola from Capri once), but for the most part I'm shopping canned goods and the like. IIRC, Capri had my Carmelina brand of San Marzanos, but Conti's didn't.

              No good delis unfortunately. I wish the Boar's Head monopoly to be broken.

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                chimchim RE: Nab Aug 21, 2006 03:36 PM

                I've never seen De Cecco gnocchi at Harris Teeter. And I haven't seen Thuman's lunch meat at Conti's. But that's not why I go there. If I want that, I go to Lowe's for Boar's Head.

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                quazi RE: rockycat Aug 20, 2006 04:34 PM

                For all those missing a real italian deli I would encourage you to drive to Greensboro and visit Giacomo's. Definitely the real thing. They make their own salami, breads, pastries, sausages, pasta and sauces. They even do a pizza rustica @ easter. Check their site out salamisbymail.com. They even do a killer house made pastrami and their bologna will make you forget tht oscar guy forever.

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                  Rosemarie RE: quazi Dec 5, 2007 01:22 PM

                  Giacomo's sounds like what I am use to from The Bronx...Can you tell me how far that would be from Raleigh? I haven't really tried any of the above mentioned deli's. I did try DaVinci's in Wake Forest, it was almost like an old fashion Butcher shop with good meat & some Italian products that I have seen in grocery stores.

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                    quazi RE: Rosemarie Dec 5, 2007 02:29 PM

                    gso is 1.5 hrs from Raleigh take 40W and get off on Higih Point Road. It is on the left after you cross Groometown Road. You may want to call ahead and see if they have any special items for Christmas

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            chops RE: orzobino Aug 18, 2006 08:22 PM

            Best Italian Sausage in the Triangle.

            1. orzobino RE: orzobino Aug 20, 2006 10:58 AM

              Went yesterday
              It may not be up to some peoples standards but coming from a little town in eastern nc it was very good...got some of the meats, proscuitto etc and some olives some dry riccotto. got some things cant get in my town.. liked the atmosphere etc the only di ssapointment was they were out of canollis...(sp)

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                yahooer RE: orzobino Sep 14, 2006 07:23 PM

                I think Conti's is great. The usual and the unusual. Frozen pizza dough is really good and probably cheaper than I can make myself. Sfugliatti can hardly be found at any restaurants but I can get it at Conti's, pop it in the oven and top with powdered sugar for a real treat. Conti's is also the only place I know where I can get Italian 00 flour.

                I make the drive to Greensboro to load up on Italian sausage at Giacomo's. It's the leanest I've ever cooked and twice as delicious. Their home-made Mozzarella also fabulous. I understand some of Giacomo's cold meats are also available at Weaver Street Market. Try em, you'll like em.

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                  SignoreGiovacchini RE: orzobino Nov 25, 2006 09:38 PM

                  I have been to Conti's numerous times since 1998. Currently I live outside of Naples, Italy. Rick's prices are not that far off what I pay for many "authentic" Italian products. For example he is the only person in the triangle to carry Kimbo coffee at just over 5 bucks a can. Here in Naples, where Kimbo comes from, we pay a little over 2.50 Euro or approx 3.50 for the same can. On a recent trip back to Conti's in Sep, I was welcomed with a warm greeting and some fine-tasting samplings of proscuitto, and a couple canolli. It may not be Italia, but it is the only real store like it in Raleigh. Great selection of olives, wines, just about anything I can find at my local mercato/salumeria here. Give it a try you won't be dissapointed.

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                    snelles RE: orzobino Nov 26, 2006 12:45 AM

                    Can't comment on Conti's, but Giaccomos in Greensboro (2 locations) is the real thang. The owner is from Huntington Long Island and it's authentic NE Italian. A bit pricey, but you gotta pay to play. Mangia benne.

                    1. Suzy Q RE: orzobino Dec 5, 2007 02:51 PM

                      I prefer Capri Flavors to Conti's. Capri has, IMHO, a more varied selection and better prices.

                      1. meatn3 RE: orzobino Dec 21, 2008 10:31 PM

                        I drove by recently and the windows are boarded up. Message written on the boards says they are available for catering.

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