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Real Italian Grocer in relative Detroit Area

Are there any stores/butchers/grocers in the Detroit area (not 150 miles away like most solutions to questions) that sell actual Italian goods? I am looking for tipo 00 flour for pasta/pizza, real cured meats like assorted salumi and guanciale, etc. The places with a suggestive, Italian flair (Nino Salvaggio's) don't really carry much more than Kroger. And please, no Ann Arbor suggestions. It isn't near Detroit, contrary to popular belief.

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  1. Cantoro Italian Market ... in Livonia


    If you are in the far NW 'burbs and your needs are modest; Giuseppe's Deli in Novi *might* have
    what you need.


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      1. re: rainsux

        second cantaros, some of the nicest people and rel knowlegable. Grat wines and bakery also.

        1. re: toro

          Third Cantoro's

          Olive/rosemary bread worth the trip all by itself.

      2. Villa Bakery and Delicatessen
        6237 Middlebelt Road
        Garden City, MI 48135-2460
        (734) 425-6245

        They should have Tipo 00, and compressed yeast if you ask.

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        1. re: Wooderson

          And pick up a pizza roll while you're at Villa. Yum.

        2. Maybe Vince and Joe's will fit the bill for you. Lots of old italian grandmothers milling about and lots of imported italian items. http://www.vinceandjoes.com Worth your drive to check it out.

          1. Since you are concerned about proximity, can you be more specific about which part of the Detroit area (quite broad in itself) you are looking for? For example, if you are in Grosse Pointe, Livonia wouldn't really be much more convenient than Ann Arbor, and since Ann Arbor is too far, Livonia might be too.

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            1. re: tokyo

              Downtown Detroit, Grosse Pointe, East Side in general. Maybe into Macomb County.

              Pointe Cafe
              1881 Seven Mile Dr, New Philadelphia, OH 44663

            2. Ventimiglia's, Dodge Park N of 15 mile in Sterling Heights. Or, though I haven't been down that way in quite some time, there's Gonella's on S Oakwood, actually in Detroit, or Alcamo's on Schaefer in Dearborn.

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              1. re: gooddog

                Thanks. I have tried Alcamo's, but they didn't have what I was looking for. I will look into the other two.

                1. re: gooddog

                  I second Ventimiglia's, and Vince & Joe's, as well as add Papa Joe's.

                2. Giglio's Market in St. Clair Shores might be what you're looking for. Lot's of authentic Italian products, and one of largest pasta selections I've ever seen. They sell Martelli pasta for a fraction of the price you'd pay at Zingerman's.

                  It's located on Harper, just north of 11 Mile Rd, across the street from Nino Salvaggio's.


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                  1. re: qriusminds

                    Thank you. I hadn't even noticed it right there.

                    1. re: qriusminds

                      I went to Giglio's today (first time) and they are liquidating. Not much on the shelf but what is was 20% off the sticker. I think Nino S. might have something to do with it.

                    2. Boomer: You seem to be in some pain. A Chowhound link to your question: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/711898

                      I don't think they do Jewish chicken soup. That's another link. ;-)

                      1. You can get the tipo 00 flour at Busch's and maybe even Meijer.