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Italian Food Stores - NJ

food_for_thought Apr 8, 2007 07:00 AM

I am a fairly recent italian-american transplant to near Summit NJ and where I grew up on L.I., there are a lot of what we called "pork stores" which basically were italian-american markets. I know there are some of these up in Bergen but does anyone know of any decent ones (or any at all?) closer to the Summit area?? I'm tired of having to pack a cooler of food every time I come back from visiting my parents...Many thanks.

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  1. jpr54_1 RE: food_for_thought Apr 8, 2007 10:48 AM

    There is of course, Jerry's in Englewood-
    many shops along Ridge Road in North Arlington and Lyndhurst

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      sixelagogo RE: jpr54_1 Apr 9, 2007 03:52 AM

      i totally second Jerry's...it's a total blast with great cheeses, hard to find Italian products and the ultimate in free-sample handouts including wine tastings on saturdays

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        food_for_thought RE: sixelagogo Apr 9, 2007 07:30 AM

        Thanks - Englewood isn't too close but I'll try to make the hike one Saturday!

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      rruben1 RE: food_for_thought Apr 9, 2007 03:54 AM

      Esposito's in East Hanover is a wonderful Italian market, fairly priced, and populated by some of the nicest people I've ever met in the food business. If you go through Florham Park, you can be there in a few minutes. Great bread, great cheese, excellent butcher shop, and fantastic subs.

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        food_for_thought RE: rruben1 Apr 9, 2007 07:31 AM

        This is a great tip. East Hanover is only about 15 - 20 mins (depending on where in E.H.) from here if you go through Florham Park or Livingston. I'll look it up. Thanks so much!

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          food_for_thought RE: rruben1 Apr 9, 2007 07:35 AM

          Thanks - I just looked this up and I know exactly where it is - I just never knew it was there!!

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            NiKoLe1625 RE: rruben1 Apr 9, 2007 05:32 PM

            Esposito's is the best. My dad went to high school with the owner so we go there all the time for our Italian goods. In fact, we were just there on Friday to get stuff for Easter! I love that place and they have everything!

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              food_for_thought RE: NiKoLe1625 Apr 9, 2007 07:56 PM

              We go up to East Hanover pretty frequently, so we're definitely going to make a stop at Esposito's next time we're there.

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            bropaul RE: food_for_thought Apr 9, 2007 05:10 AM

            I second Esposito's, it's very good. The reality is though, that most of the supermarkets in the area have everything you could possibly want. The Shop-Rite in West Orange has an incredible array of Italian products, just not the corner store feel.

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              food_for_thought RE: bropaul Apr 9, 2007 07:33 AM

              I'll try Esposito's. We have found the supermarkets very disappointing in this department. Maybe they carry different things in West Orange, but the stuff we're looking for usually is only carried in a specialty store, and it's definitely not in the supermarkets around here. :(

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              Felixnot RE: food_for_thought Apr 9, 2007 10:19 AM

              Essex county has many of these markets: A & S Pork Store in Nutley, and in Montclair there is Bellgiovese, Rosario's Italian market, (his mozzarella makes you cry - they ask you first when you will be eating it before they decide how much to sell you because you shouldn't ever refrigerate it when it's fresh and they want you to eat it that day!!), and Joe Bartoni's italian market. I'm sure that there are a bunch in Bloomfield and Belleville as well.

              It's only about 20 minutes from Summit.

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                food_for_thought RE: Felixnot Apr 9, 2007 10:49 AM

                Thank you, thank you, thank you!! There is an A&S Pork Store where I grew up and, assuming it's basically the same thing, that is exactly what I am looking for!

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                  cris8 RE: food_for_thought Apr 9, 2007 12:56 PM

                  Barth's Meat Market 3 minutes from you in New Providence was known for the longest time as Barth's Pork Store until it's recent rebranding. They still carry the same Italian food items.

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                    food_for_thought RE: cris8 Apr 9, 2007 04:42 PM

                    Less than 3 minutes actually, but it's more German/East European...still great, and we go there a lot, but not exactly what I have been looking for. Thanks though!

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                      cris8 RE: food_for_thought Apr 9, 2007 05:37 PM

                      Have you tried Antonio's Mozzarella Factory in nearby Springfield? Might be worth checking out.

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                        food_for_thought RE: cris8 Apr 9, 2007 07:54 PM

                        Haven't tried it but Springfield is so close, I will check it out.

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                    Felixnot RE: food_for_thought Apr 9, 2007 01:08 PM

                    A & S has amazing sausages and they make an incredible stuffed pork roast. I think they also supply sausages to a lot of the local restaurants.

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                      food_for_thought RE: Felixnot Apr 9, 2007 04:43 PM

                      I googled it, and it's not terribly close - the place in East Hanover is closer, but I have to go check it out....I hope it's like the one I'm thinking of. Do you know if they sell fresh pasta/ravioli/manicotti?

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                        rruben1 RE: food_for_thought Apr 9, 2007 05:05 PM

                        They make their own ravioli, manicotti, and agnolotti. They also will be very helpful with ricotta, fresh mozzarella, and hard cheese.

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                  Scrambled RE: food_for_thought Apr 10, 2007 02:22 PM

                  Mia Famiglia in Millburn. Manny has fresh sausage on Wednesdays because the pork bellies come in on Tuesday nights. I've had his fresh mozzarella and the mozzarella from Antonio's Mozzarella Factory and definitely prefer his.

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                    food_for_thought RE: Scrambled Apr 10, 2007 03:01 PM

                    mmmmm...may have to check this out tomorrow. thanks for the tip.

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                      jethro RE: Scrambled Mar 3, 2008 05:27 PM

                      I second Mia Famiglia. The sandwiches are great & they have a very good "grocery" section so you can make your own meals. I worked in Millburn for a few months & went there at least 3 times a week. The worst part is they close at 5:00, so I could never make it there to bring food home.

                    2. NiKoLe1625 RE: food_for_thought Apr 10, 2007 04:21 PM

                      Just thought of another good place. Tutto Fresco in Livingston. Its a tiny little place on Mount Pleasant Ave (rt 10) right across from the Livingston post office. Its more of a place to go for sandwiches and things like that, but she does make her own Mozzarella and its one of the best i've had!

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                        love2cookmb RE: food_for_thought Feb 14, 2008 10:56 AM

                        You must be from Brooklyn or Staten Island! I am too and I don't know where to go. I wish there was a Pastosa's here. I haven't been to Esposito's but I know it isn't too far from me.

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                          s.piller RE: food_for_thought Feb 24, 2008 11:30 AM

                          Try A & G deli and food store in Warren Twp. Only about 15 minutes from Summit off of Rt 78. Great pasta, breads and cheese as well as other Italian specialities.

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                            ansky4 RE: s.piller Mar 1, 2008 06:58 AM

                            Another vote for A&G in Warren. Very close to Summit and worth the trip. Lines at lunch are out the door so go during off hours. Expensive, but authentic per friend who owns deli in Brooklyn. Enjoy...

                          2. Speechlass1 RE: food_for_thought Mar 1, 2008 08:24 PM

                            Try this one:
                            DE Palma Brothers Food
                            (201) 945-2777
                            44 Bergen Blvd, Fairview, NJ 07022

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