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Jul 4, 2007 11:50 AM

Newly Renovated Morton Williams

I decided to stop by Morton Williams (formerly Turco's) to see what was going on inside with all these big renovation signs outside. Although they are still in the middle of their renovation, I was pleasantly impressed with the changes that I saw so far. The produce was opened up with a much better variety now, the entire deli was changed with beautiful new cases and yummy looking food The 2 parts that impressed me the most were the service meat case and the cheese section, both makeing me hungry (had to buy some cheese and parsely Italian Sausage and some bocheron cheese). It also feels much less cramped with the new window in front of the store... I am very excited to see how this place will be when they are done...It also looks like they are putting in a new floor, as it is being ripped up, yet amazingly the store is still easily shoppable. Has anyone else been there recently?


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  1. MW is a new favorite of mine because of the free parking. I didn't shop that long at Turco's, so I can't make a fair comparison. But I was pleased with the cheese and nut and deli selections. Combined with Apple Farms and Stop and Shop and Bellantoni for bread, they make a nice round out to my grocery shopping and I don't have to pay a dime in parking to the city of White Plains.

    With Mercurio gone in Mamaroneck (A&W sucks), I needed a new source for speciality items and MW fills the bill nicely.

    10 Replies
    1. re: dolores

      Mercurio's is gone???? Both the pasta shop and the deli?!?!?!? Oh no!

      1. re: Sambossanova

        Mercurio's was sold to A&W a while ago. The Mercurio's pasta shop across the street is still there, but the deli is now an A&Ws. I still stop in there for a few things like olives and italian sausage, but the quality did take a little bit of a hit. I wouldn't quite go as far as dolores and say that it sucks, but it's not the same store that it once was. Whatever I pick up there, i'm still usually very impressed with.

        1. re: tada

          Do you know if the sausage at MW is the same as Turco's made? Loved Turco's variety. Also, is the seafood counter more or less the same?

          1. re: Dim Sum Diva

            The sausage at Mercurio was excellent. After two attempts at A&W, I then went down the street to the other Italian deli (can not remember their name) and their sausage was very good. Their counter men (no women) and products are excellent, so thankfully there is an alternative to A&W on Mamaroneck Ave. I am doing them an injustice by forgetting their name.

            Then a relative said that the sausage at M&W was very good. I have some in the freezer but have not yet tried it.

            1. re: dolores

              Do you mean "A&S? We often go to the branch in Thornwood and have been very happy with everything, especialy the fresh mozzarella.

              1. re: spa

                Yes, sorry mixed them up with the root beer folks.

              2. re: dolores

                I am the cheese manager at Morton Williams, the sausage is made on the premises by the same butchers who prepared it while the store was owned by Turco's! So enjoy!

            2. re: tada

              I am not impressed with A&S either but suggest everyone head down Mamaroneck Avenue a few blocks to Cosmo & Alex. Smaller selection but still some very good stuff - olives, peppers, cheeses, meats. Then go next door to Boiana Bakery for pastry. Bread at Boiano is okay but not great. Wish Kneaded BRead were next door to the two but you can't have everything.

              By the way, not overly impressed with Mercurio's pasta shop - bought some prepared dishes - eh.

              1. re: laylag

                try the pastas not the prepared dishes. Their ravioli (regular) are up there with borgatti's and other arthur avenue joints if you ask me.

                1. re: laylag

                  That's it, laylag! Cosmo and Alex. I'm very happy with them, their attitude reminds me of the way Mercurio used to be, and their merchandise is just as good.

                  The bakery is theirs, did you know that? Cosmo and Alex sometimes have little custard tarts on their counter, and they are from their bakery, next door. Which used to be owned by the folks who owned The Cake Shop in New Rochelle which was right next to the live chicken market, right down the street from where I grew up.

                  But I digressed. Thanks for the name, laylag.

          2. If you are already at Morton Williams and need some Italian fill ins or a good sandwich try Dante's across Central Avenue - I am not sure of the address and the few parking spaces can be a bit sketchy at lunch - The fresh pizza dough is from a bakery in the Bronx and I find it to be a step above Trader Joe's (it is more expensive than the 99 cents ate TJ's)