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Italian Deli's in Lower Westchester???

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amybeth451 Dec 29, 2006 07:51 PM

My husband and I just moved here from Manhattan and we're looking to do a little get together for New Year's Eve. I know it's a little late to be asking, but does anyone know of a great Italian Deli where I could order a few appetizers, and a few main dishes...nothing huge, just good Italian food???

Thanks in advance!!!
Amy

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    JT123 Jan 5, 2007 01:52 PM

    I'm too late for New Year's Eve, but in the future, check out Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. It's a quick ride down the Bronx River Pkwy, and there you will find plenty of stores to fill the most extravagent antipasti platter. Teitel Brothers has real proscuitto de Parma for $13/pound, plus any other Italian meat you can imagine. Go to Casa della Mozzarella on 187th Street for mozzarella plucked warm right out of the water from which it was made. Madonia Brothers bakery has a large variety of delicious Italian cookies, and the best rainbow (marzipan) cookies I've ever tasted. Tino's on Arthur Avenue just east of 187th Street has many pre-made items, as does Mike's deli in the Italian market.

    1. JMF Dec 30, 2006 03:03 PM

      Dolores- Please don't paint the A&S stores with such a wide brush. They do not deserve to be viewed based on poor service that you recieved in one store. You have made remarks in the past about places which you "won't give my business anymore" that I have been to and found some discrepencies with your comments. Your "invaded" comment is totally out of line.

      As far as I know A&S is sort of a family chain with a bunch of stores. From what they have told me they are independantly run by distantly related family members. I have been to several of the stores and have had great service at all of them.

      I never heard that they were in Mamaroneck. It is too bad about the poor service you mention at a Mamaroneck store, maybe it was two younger guys who aren't in the groove yet. Or maybe it is an unrelated store.

      The Yonkers High Ridge/Central Ave store is around 25+ years old. Their service and quality is great. Friendly, knowledgeable, strive to please, etc. They also make in store each day the best fresh mozzarella I have ever had. Folks who know me realize that is a major complement since I have worked on a dairy farms with top cheese makers, and with some top chefs in general.

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        dolores Dec 30, 2006 03:08 PM

        OK, a fair cop. I apologize. I'll have to try the A&S in Yonkers then.

        Hopefully the new guys in the Mamaroneck store will learn to acknowledge and smile at their customers.

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          JMF Dec 30, 2006 03:21 PM

          Yeah, it's a pity when small stores or even small chains, don't get it. That they have to work hard to beat out the big, evil, anonymous, cash-rich, service-poor, mega stores that are destroying America by aiming at our pockets and saving us a few dollars. (Semi-Comical Rant intended here.)

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        dolores Dec 30, 2006 01:45 PM

        Interesting, JMF, so A&S has invaded Yonkers as well? I found them by accident in Pleasantville (I think) and then saw them take over Mercurio in Mamaroneck.

        Well, Mercurio has not been the same since, imo. The two guys who worked there and had THE best customer service personalities have since left -- I assume A&S is a corporation? -- and the last time I was there, the guy who bought the franchise couldn't care less that I was on the other side of the counter.

        There is another salumeria down the block towards the Post Road, same side, from A&S and I would recommend trying them. I won't give my business anymore to A&S.

        I was curious to go there on Christmas Eve. Last year, you could barely wedge yourself into Mercurio, I bet it wasn't the case this year with A&S. Do these places who deal in salami THINK people come in for the cold cuts? They come in for the service from the guy across the counter.

        Rant aside Amy, I can actually recommend the deli in the Met supermarket on Pelham Road in New Rochelle. I'm SURE there are other great salumerias in lower Westchester, but they're not coming to mind right now.

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          Dim Sum Diva Dec 30, 2006 12:52 PM

          Amy, you have described exactly Dante's Deli on Central Ave. in Hartsdale (across from TJ Maxx). As authentic as it comes.

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            petezee Jan 2, 2007 10:40 PM

            Just discovered Dante's myself. Wonderful so far- my favorite unless I'm buying prosciutto di Parma ($13 a lb!) or mozzarella, then I go to Apple Farms. Watch out for the small parking lot!

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              JMF Jan 3, 2007 03:19 PM

              I really don't care for Dante's. The owner can be a royal pain in the neck, he is always right and the customer wrong. Also they mix up orders occasionally because they rush and don't care.

              If you are getting prosciutto at $13 lb. it is most probably domestic since it costs almost that much a lb. wholesale for real imported Prosciutto di Parma. Which is another problem I have with them. they have sold me items as imported when domestic and mislabeled them and played other bait and switch games. I stopped going to them a few years ao because I felt they were cheats and didn't care about the customers, just money.

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                petezee Jan 4, 2007 01:17 AM

                I'm sorry about your past experiences, but are you referring to Apple Farms or Dante's when you say "they have sold me items as imported when domestic."? I've found that the Apple Farms Parma prociutto bears the Parma stamp and tastes dead-on. Often, delis will certain items sell at close to cost to attract business for other high-yield items. I've seen proscuitto di Parma similarly priced at very high-yield outer borough delis such as Corona Park deli in College Point, Queens.

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                  JMF Jan 5, 2007 01:22 AM

                  I was talking about Dante's... but I have no understanding of people who like Apple Farms. The place is a messy dive.

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                    dolores Jan 5, 2007 12:11 PM

                    Isn't it disgusting? The prices are cheap, apparently, and that is what seems to draw everyone there.

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                  intrepid Jan 4, 2007 08:52 AM

                  about dantes owner, i agree totally, the young man has a short fuse and seems unbalanced. after going there for years, i have not been back for over two years now, the owners outbursts, and nasty temper were just way over the top,very nasty very negative,he just snapps !!

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                    dolores Jan 4, 2007 09:53 AM

                    So Dante's owner is rude, the new owner at A&S Mamaroneck ignores customers --- what is their problem?

                    I guess they don't know about the power of the Internet.

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              lucyis Dec 29, 2006 11:57 PM

              I agree with both your choices, roxlet, but I'll add two good delis on Mamaroneck ave. in the village of Mamaroneck. That part of Mamroneck is a mini Little Italy and there are a few good Italian places. The pizza at Sal's (especially the Sicilian) is legendary and the food at Mercurios deli and Alex and Cosmo's is good and fresh. I have had excellent things from Turco's on Central Avenue, but they recently sold to another company and I can't vouch for the food now.

              1. roxlet Dec 29, 2006 10:16 PM

                Though it's not a deli, A Mangiare on Palmer Road in Bronxville delivers consistently authentic, homemade food. I know that they had catered some food for a friend's party, and it was wonderful. For a Deli, just get on the Bronx River Parkway and head to Arthur Avenue where you can't go wrong on anything they make at any store/deli, etc.

                1. JMF Dec 29, 2006 09:44 PM

                  I used to love Zucharelli's and have been friends with them since we went to school together as kids, but think that the A&S Latticini Pork Store in High Ridge Plaza on Central Ave in Yonkers is better.

                  1. byrd Dec 29, 2006 08:45 PM

                    Zuccarelli's Delicatessen & Prime Meats
                    321 White Plains Road
                    Eastchester, NY 10709

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