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At Di Palo's a Great Blue Cheese Misspelled

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Basaijo (best I can do) is soft rich cow (said the counterman) cheese from around Trentino. Everyone who has tasted it has been stopped by its excellence. It's new to me, but so many cheeses are so please excuse me if it is old hat to cheese lovers.

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  1. Tall guy or shorter? Tall is Lou, shorter is his brother, Sal. Marie is their sister,who says she'll never be able to retire because of Lou's "big idea" to expand :) Thanks for the tip. LOVE their cheeses and all sorts of other things. Have you had their gorgonzola dolce? To die for. We bring back their stuff to NoCal.

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    1. re: c oliver

      A new man to me today. Lou made the first rec three weeks ago, the nice new fellow gave some background. The gorgonzola dolce pleases everyone the Basaijo causes exclamations of delight.

      1. re: wew

        The new store must have allowed them to hire someone new. Maybe theline will move faster. Don't have our next trip to NYC planned - maybe that cheese will be the reason :)

        1. re: jfmirabella

          It is my understanding, and correct me if you KNOW TO A CERTAINTY that I am wrong, that DiPalo's welcomes all its costumers.
          The pacing at the store is dictated, about 97% worth, by their unusual, exemplary, highly detailed service that they extend to each person who walks in. Over many years I have found nothing but this to be true.

          1. re: wew

            Yes, the gracious and patient and engaging service is why Di Palo is one of my favorite places in Manhattan.

            1. re: MMRuth

              I have been on a hunt through the city for candied citron (not candied lemons) for a while now and have come up empty. My last stop was DiPalo's and sadly they failed also. Anyone know where I can find the stuff? Its for a friend. I've tried Dean & DeLuca, Citarella, a few spots in Little Italy, West Side Market, etc.

              1. re: lynnlato

                have you tried russ & daughters? i know they have delicious candied orange and i believe they have citron too.

                1. re: Produce Addict

                  Yes, that would be my suggestion as well, though I don't know if they actually have it.

                2. re: lynnlato

                  My wife gets candied citron at Aphrodisia on Bleecker Street.

                  1. re: lynnlato

                    russ and daughters most definitely carries candied citron as well as candied orange peels and glaced fruits from australia, 179 e. houston st

                3. re: c oliver

                  The "new guy" is a relative, I believe (could be wrong on this, though) and he is very gracious and very knowledgeable about the products, as are the regulars. Thanks for the tip about the cheese; I think it is spelled Basajo.

                  1. re: erica

                    I was first introduced to this beautiful cheese at Keste Pizza and Vino on Bleeker St.They used it on a "special" Pizza they were doing one night (they also use a Barolo infused cheese sometimes ) it is by far the best blue i've ever tasted.Very unique..It's a sheeps milk cheese ripened in passito wine.I'm generally not too adventurous when it comes to cheeses,but this one blew my mind.

                    1. re: xny556cip

                      I think I need to check their website and see if this is available for mail order. It's going to quite a while before we're back in NYC and you kids are making me really crave this cheese :)

                      1. re: c oliver

                        Since I couldn't find this on their site, I sent an email and here's their response:

                        Dear Ms. Oliver,

                        I spoke to Lou DiPalo and he said the description of the cheese on Chowhound is a little off. First of all, the cheese is spelled "basaio" and happens to be a blue vein, sheep's milk cheese that has grapes in it. Also, it's not from Trentino either, but from the Veneto. He did say that the cheese is absolutely delicious and that if you would like to know anything more about it, to contact him at 212-226-1033. The gorgonzola dolce is one of my personal favorites as well; however, I've tasted the basaio and it is cheese perfection!

                        If this is something that you are interested in ordering, just let me know and I can put your order in manually.

                        Sincerely,
                        Nina Colangelo

                        I LOVE those people :) I think I'm need ing to place an order!

                        1. re: c oliver

                          Thank you for the correction. I was given both descriptions one from Lou and one from the new man and I used the last offered for my post, a foolish method. I again given the cheese as gifts to friends and it has received much praise.