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Giaccomo's or Conti's? for Italian market.

fara Dec 10, 2006 02:54 PM

I live about 1 hr from each,if I'm going to make the trip, which should I choose?

in Raleigh-Durham, sorry.

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    HeelsSoxHound Dec 10, 2006 03:04 PM

    depends on what you're going for. if you want salumi, hit giacomo's. in house made, and really excellent. their hot soppressata is f'in awesome. conti's has a bunch of imported italian stuff that is hard to find outside of southern season (and without paying tons of money for it). put it this way-- i'd drive an hour to giacomo's... i don't know if i'd do that for conti's.

    1. RaleighRocker Dec 10, 2006 07:20 PM

      call before you go to conti's, a friend told me they closed. i am not sure if she is right or not. where is giacomo's?

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        HeelsSoxHound Dec 11, 2006 12:46 PM

        not closed... i was just there getting a wine order the other day. let's nip that in the bud, shall we?

        1. re: RaleighRocker
          kathleen purvis Dec 11, 2006 01:06 PM

          Giacomo's is in Greensboro. We're starting to get some of their stuff at specialty stores here in Charlotte, though, so I think they're branching out.

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          fara Dec 10, 2006 10:33 PM

          i'd go for: prosciutto di parma, mortadella, house made salumi(!) like sorpressata, and
          ... yeah i can go to southern season for risotto rice -

          a couple dried things, though -- dried porcini mushrooms that don't cost an arm, stracchino chesse aka crescenza, or scamorza, oh and...
          fresh fettucine!! where the h** can i buy that?

          thanks guys!

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            quazi Dec 10, 2006 10:38 PM

            Giacomo's without a doubt. Pork Heaven. Be sure to ask if they have any special Christmas time treats. The have fresh fettucine with a different flavor every day. I think they will cut it as either fettucine, spaghtti or lasagna noodles. Not sure about their cheeses but they do house made ricotta and mozz. Sample all of the house made meats they will gladly indulge you. And don't forget a cannoli or a palmier on your way out

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            1. re: quazi
              fara Dec 10, 2006 10:39 PM

              they have cannoli :)?

              1. re: fara
                quazi Dec 10, 2006 11:04 PM

                cannoli and sfogliatelle. Though I have only seen the sfogliatelle at the new garden store but is should be at both. This website only gives you a hint of what they offer though it has been significantly upgraded in the last few months http://www.salamisbymail.com/ They may still have some home made wine left

            2. RaleighRocker Dec 25, 2006 01:11 AM

              that is good news that they are open. wasn't trying to be a rumor monger

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                Tom from Raleigh Dec 25, 2006 04:00 AM

                FYI Giacomo's is closed Mondays.

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                  fatstern Dec 25, 2006 04:08 PM

                  If you are inetersted in Giacomo's meats mostly, and don't want to drive all the way to greensboro, Weaver St Market in Carborro carries almost all of their meats...I don't think they have anything else (cheeses, etc), but have at least 8 or so of their salamis, pastrami (this pastrami at room temp is so wonderful), bologna (really nice bologna with chunks of pork fat)....anyway, Weaver Coop for a quick Giacomo's fix.

                  Also, If yer driving out to greensboro, right near Giacomo;s is SAIGON RESTAURANT. the best vietnamese i've had in NC...but i've only eaten at 4 places (lime and basil in CH, Kim Son in Durham , and 9N9 in triangle park -though this is great too), so take it for what you will. anyway, do yerself a favor and pop in there since you;ve already made the drive.

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                    yahooer Dec 28, 2006 12:27 PM

                    I would make the drive from Chapel Hill to Greensboro for the sausages alone - lean, tasty, fabulous and 10 for $15 if my memory is still working. Mix or match hot, sweet and mild although the mild also has some heat. But as long as I'm there, I'm sure to bring home some of their homemade mozzarella, a little salami and some pizza dough if I remember to call ahead for it.

                    If Weaver Street carried the sausage, I'd probably cut down on the number of trips but that's the way it goes.

                    Contis is great for staples, aborio rice, amazing selection of olive oils, Italian flour and the incredible gelato - try mixing the chocolate with orange for an out of body experience.

                    We're lucky to have both available to us.

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