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Jun 1, 2010 08:26 AM

Pelham - Fairway Market Deli Rant

I hit the new Fairway for the 1st time over the weekend. Yes it was totally awesome. The fruits and veggies selections were abundant, fresh, colorful, juicy and sweet. It's everything I liked about Stew Leonard's and Whole Foods all rolled into one. The giant aisles were a revelation. Yes I will be going back!!

So here goes my rant. I saw they had a selection of specialty meats in the deli display: jamon iberico de bellota, jamon serrano, prosciutto di parma, prosciutto di san daniele.

1) The display price was for per 1/4 pound. Who are they trying to trick?

2) The fat on the prosciutto di parma had a thin dried outer layer. No it's that the crusty exterior layer that's always shaved off. It's as if the previous customer was from 3 days ago. They need to wrap it up better between customers and shave off any dried off fat.

3) The jamon serrano was almost completely dried out. It flakes off when peeling off the plastic sheets.

I understand these pricier meats don't have the same high turnover but I've never experienced these problems at Di Paolo, Despana, Whole Foods or Stew's. Has anyone else had similar experiences?

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  1. I have never bought that stuff at Fairway but have been given a sample to taste of everything I have bought to verify it is ok before they cut anymore. did they not do that?

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    1. re: rolise

      Come to think of it ... no. That definitely would've stopped me from making the purchase. I was standing by the display case but my attention was elsewhere. Kid in a candy store syndrome ;-)

      1. re: pabboy

        Even if they do not offer a taste you can certainly ask for it when they start slicing.

    2. "The display price was for per 1/4 pound. Who are they trying to trick?"

      Not saying it's right or wrong, but many places do this...Zabar's and Russ & Daughters, for example, on their smoked salmons list the prices by the 1/4 lb.

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      1. re: valerie

        the 1/4 pricing is deceptive, but only the first time. got the usda prime shell steak there for $10.99/lb. fabulous. won't buy steaks anywhere else.

        1. re: valerie

          I have no idea why, but smoked fish has traditionally been priced by the quarter pound. I totally agree with the OP, it's just feels deceptive the way *some* cheeses at Fairway are priced by the quarter pound, but many are by the pound. Can't they just choose one method, at least?

        2. Oh and one more thing... I bought a container of marinated mussels. I started working on it right after I got home. A couple pieces tasted off then I looked at the label on the lid, it was 2 days past the Sell By date. Argh... I'm heading back to do an exchange and yes I will check the Sell By date this time.