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May 12, 2009 07:45 PM

Di Palo - closed for renovations until 5/14 pm, or so.

This is just an FYI in case anyone planned to go in the next day or so. I was early for my dinner in Chinatown, called to see if they were still open so that I could pick up some parmesan, and was told that they were closed for renovations. Had some time to kill and walked up and peeked in. They've taken over the space between the store and the new wine store - looks like it is going to be so much bigger.

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  1. Whew, the first few words of your title had me worried :) I haven't been there since the wine store open - they were working on it last August - and looking forward to it. I'm curious to see how the ambiance will change. Part of the charm for me is being crammed in there together so you can here everyone's comments. Being the shy person I am (ha), I've been known to ask for a taste from Lou when he's dealing with another customer. Then I know to buy it when it's my turn. We'll be in NYC in little over a month and that's always one of our first stops - after dim sum.

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    1. re: c oliver

      I'm the same way as you are - once I was behind a man with a list, and he kept giving me tastes of his samples - and when he left, he gave me his list so that I could remember the names.

      BTW - do you like bottarga? Their prices are really quite good, comparatively speaking.

      1. re: MMRuth

        Ashamed to admit I'd never heard of bottarga til I started hanging out on CH. But I certainly intend to try it next month. Their gorgonzola dolce is to die for and we bring back several pounds of their hunter sausage every trip. Our New Year's Eve dinner two Christmases ago while there included their butternut squash ravioli and a gorgonzola cream sauce. Started with domestic caviar from Barney Greengrass and martinis. I LOVE NEW YORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. Man, that means the wine store is going to be discovered! Great for them, but too bad for me...

      1. The brothers told me they would, indeed, reopen today, Thursday, while renovations continue. The new space is about double the size of the old one. When I was there yesterday, in the space of 10 minutes, a stream of people stopped by, in shock, thinking that they would be closed for a long while.

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        1. re: erica

          It IS a special place, isn't it? You know, don't you, that they have a website where we out of towners can now order some of their deliciousness?

        2. I remember my first visit to DiPalo'swas when they were across Mott. St. from their current THAT was a crowded interior! We won't know what to do with ourselves with all the added space, but goodness knows, if anyone can fill a space well it's DiPalo's. According to Lou the new space will have a window through which you can peer into the wine store. As if I didn't already spend too much there already!

          1. Has anyone checked it out since it reopened? Can't wait to see for myself in just a few weeks. Yay.

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            1. re: c oliver

              Yep, I was there today. Nice new digs. I also checked out their Enoteca, which gave a good impression. Climate controlled, good selection of Italian wines. My girlfriend and I were given a tasting of two wines, both of which were good. (We didn't buy anything today but took note for future reference.)

              1. re: Pan

                Is the entire store opened now, or just the new space? (On Saturday it was just the new area)

                1. re: erica

                  The area right on the corner was closed.

                  1. re: Pan

                    When I went by (the day I posted), they told me they would open the "new" space first, while they worked on the renovation of the corner area. Have not been there since then though.

                2. re: Pan

                  The wine selection in the enoteca is very good, IMO. Varied, well-rounded and they definitely change it up frequently enough to keep it interesting. I do wish that they'd have someone who is truly knowledgeable about wine working in there on a regular basis.

                  1. re: vvvindaloo

                    When I took a quick peek in there, it seemed to me that the wines were mostly rather expensive ones. Do you know if there is a selection of less expensive wines? Say under $20? Thanks.

                    1. re: MMRuth

                      Overall, they are definitely not an 'affordable' wine shop. I have seen the odd bottle priced in the teens, but this is not the norm. Their niche appears to be lesser-known organic, biodynamic, and other smaller producers with very limited distribution in the States. Many of the wines they carry have little or no competition on the NY market, particularly their dessert selections, so competitive pricing is not a major focus there. From what I've seen there, I would say that their southern selections, particularly those from Sicily, would be the most likely to be priced under $20. But we're talking maybe one bottle at $18. I've seen mostly higher end bottles from southern regions such as Campania and Puglia, which is a shame, because those are really prime regions for delicious affordable wines, if you can find them.

                      1. re: vvvindaloo

                        I looked around a bit and did see some wines priced at $15.99, but I'm not sure whether I saw anything cheaper.