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Great Italian deli in Little Italy?

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glutton May 2, 2007 11:33 AM

A few months ago, Gourmet ran an article about a great Italian deli in Little Italy. The author traveled to northern Italy with the owner (his family has owned the place for years). They concentrated on the part of Italy that has the Austrian influence and this deli sells speck and other foods like that. Does this ring a bell with anybody?

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    tacosdesuaperro May 2, 2007 09:14 PM

    Aleva is also great, but I'm not sure they have speck.

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      glutton May 2, 2007 07:13 PM

      Yes, I was thinking of DiPaolo's. I have heard that they have speck, which is a favorite of mine. Is that accurate? Is there anything else that you highly recommend getting there?

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      1. re: glutton
        MMRuth May 3, 2007 04:09 AM

        I can't swear that they do, but I'd be surprised if they didn't. I know that I've bought speck at Murray's Cheese in the Village. DiPalo's parmesan is wonderful and reasonable - about $12 a pound - also robbiolo and other soft cheeses. Frankly, everything looks wonderful there and I always end up with a full grocery bag of goodies. They have great, well priced olive oils - starts with an "L" - if you ask them what they recommend for cooking, that's what they'll offer you, and the same company also makes a good extra virgin olive oil - I'm thinking it might be called "Locatelli" - but maybe not!

        It's also where I buy bottarga.

        1. re: glutton
          Striver May 3, 2007 05:41 AM

          Fairway has pretty good speck, although I usually buy mine in the Bronx. I'd be surprised if you couldn't find it at DiPalo's.

        2. MMRuth May 2, 2007 11:35 AM

          Are you thinking of DiPalo? Or something else?

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          1. re: MMRuth
            foodmonk May 2, 2007 11:38 AM

            He is thinking of DiPalo:

            http://www.epicurious.com/gourmet/fea...

            1. re: foodmonk
              MMRuth May 2, 2007 11:41 AM

              Thanks - I was searching there (but v. poorly, it appears) and also must have missed the article in my Gourmet. Di Palo's is truly one of my favorite "food" places to go to in NYC, lines notwithstanding.

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/35747...

              1. re: MMRuth
                foodmonk May 2, 2007 11:43 AM

                I went there to search to, but you are right ... It's hard to figure out how to search for Gourmet articles. I had to resort to Google. It's funny, but I pass by DiPalo's all the time walking up Mott St., but I've never been inside! I'll definitely have to make a stop next time.

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                  MMRuth May 2, 2007 11:46 AM

                  Especially if you walk by and there is no line - or a v. short line - do go in. Lucky you - we make periodic treks from the UES - but have discovered that arriving at 9am on a Saturday is a good time. Usually a couple of people waiting outside, but better than braving the lines later in the day.

                  1. re: MMRuth
                    foodmonk May 2, 2007 12:01 PM

                    Thanks for the tip! I had no idea it would be so busy and will try to go early.

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                      MMRuth May 2, 2007 12:08 PM

                      If you have time to check out the link I included above, you'll get a good sense of the modus operendi (sp?) - often long lines, often leading to interesting and informative chatting with other patrons, once you are being served, it's as if you are the only customer there and they have all the time in the world for you.

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