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Best price for good quality Parmigiano-Reggiano in Manhattan

redrover921 May 7, 2011 08:22 AM

I have been buying it at Fairway for years. The price has gone up from about $10.99 per lb to $13.99 per lb - to - $15.99 - to - $18.99 per lb.

While I realize all dairy prices and imports have had substantial increases over the years, this is just out of control. I checked Zabars and they're $17.99? per lb. Fresh Direct is only $15.99 per lb, but I don't like buying this without seeing it.

Wondering if there are better options for quality & price - I don't mind buying a larger quantity up front for a good price.

Thanks in advance

2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

Fairway Market
2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

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  1. penthouse pup RE: redrover921 May 7, 2011 02:17 PM

    Go to Little Italy: Alleva or DePaolo's...Or go to Joe's Dairy on Sullivan Street below Houston.

    Di Palo's Fine Foods
    200 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

    Alleva Dairy
    188 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

    Joe's Dairy
    156 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

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      penthouse pup RE: penthouse pup May 7, 2011 02:19 PM

      Meant Di Palo (misspelled)...they are both on Grand Street...

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        MMRuth RE: penthouse pup May 7, 2011 06:42 PM

        I also think that Di Palo has the best price/quality ratio.

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          Chuck Lawrence RE: MMRuth May 7, 2011 08:11 PM

          Di Paolo's has the best, it will be the same price point as Fairway, etc. You get what you pay for...

          Love to hear of any deals.

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            MikeG RE: Chuck Lawrence May 9, 2011 08:09 PM

            Apart from cutting it to order (and grating it, if you want), DiPalo is a bit cheaper than Fairway. IIRC, it was around $13/lb or so a month ago.

          2. re: MMRuth
            gutsofsteel RE: MMRuth May 8, 2011 01:38 AM

            Try Agata.

            Agata & Valentina
            1505 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021

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              JungMann RE: gutsofsteel May 10, 2011 07:21 AM

              Does Agata actually have a fair price on Parmigiano-Reggiano? What's the minimum cut?

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                dewi RE: gutsofsteel Jun 6, 2011 04:42 AM

                gata & Valentina, the most overpriced place to buy anything !

                I won't shop in places that are overpriced. I don't mind expensive. I buy at Fairway for exact same quality cheese.

                Agata & Valentina
                1505 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021

                1. re: dewi
                  thew RE: dewi Jun 8, 2011 04:19 AM

                  i'm not going to say A&V is not expensive, but it is hardly the most overpriced in manhattan. try eli's on 3rd for example

                  Eli's Manhattan
                  1411 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10028

        2. Delucacheesemonger RE: redrover921 May 8, 2011 01:22 AM

          Make sure you are comparing oranges to oranges. There is parm sold that is 2 year, 3 year, 4 year, red wax, black wax, and others. Not that one is better. Find out by tasting which you like and keep getting that one. The older they get, the drier, more grana crunch, and sweetness increases.
          In NY there are not that many distributors and thus types are limited, but we use to sell three different ones.

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            ttoommyy RE: Delucacheesemonger May 10, 2011 06:18 AM

            "there is parm sold that is 2 year, 3 year, 4 year, red wax, black wax, and others."

            I've been buying Parmagiano Reggiano for years (and have bought it in Italy as well) and never saw it in "wax" as you state. The Parmagiano Reggiano I always buy has a tough yellow/brownish outer rind with the DOC markings burned into it. What kind of Parmagiano Reggiano are you referring to that has a wax coating? Thanks.

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              Delucacheesemonger RE: Delucacheesemonger Jun 1, 2011 02:55 PM

              In Paris the two most expensive are covered one with red wax and the other with black wax, they are long aged and the Parmigiano Reggiano markings are visible through the red wax, am not sure about the markings showing through the black wax.

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              RCC RE: redrover921 May 8, 2011 08:13 AM

              We use up quite a bit of these and our staple and go to for these cheeses is Dipalo's.

              1. loratliff RE: redrover921 May 8, 2011 11:44 AM

                FreshDirect's is pretty good quality—perfectly pungent. I use it as my "everyday" seasoning. Murray's is slightly more expensive and also good.

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                  DavyTheFatBoy RE: loratliff May 8, 2011 05:25 PM

                  Joe's Dairy or DiPalo for me...

                  Joe's Dairy
                  156 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

                2. Cheese Boy RE: redrover921 May 9, 2011 06:51 PM

                  Add Citarella's to the list also (prefer UES location). High turnover, reasonably priced, and fresh.

                  1313 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021

                  1. TravellingFoodie RE: redrover921 May 9, 2011 10:28 PM

                    DiPalo's has the best selection and prices.

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                      redrover921 RE: redrover921 Jun 1, 2011 02:47 PM

                      Wanted to update. Fairway UWS has reduced the price of their Parmigiano Reggiano to $16.99 lb. I was suprised, but after shopping around for other items they had raised prices on a few times (and I had stopped buying from them) I saw price reductions on a few other items. Perhaps they really are feeling the hit from Trader Joe's. Fairway does stock an excellent Parm if you're like me and can't get down to Di Palo's.

                      Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. Next time I'm downtown I'll stop into Di Palo's.

                      Trader Joe's
                      142 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

                      248 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

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                        TravellingFoodie RE: redrover921 Jun 5, 2011 12:38 PM

                        Does Fairway cut the Parmiggiano Reggiano from the block or is it precut?

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                          MikeG RE: TravellingFoodie Jun 8, 2011 03:04 AM

                          It's pre-cut at Fairway.

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                            TravellingFoodie RE: MikeG Jun 9, 2011 05:45 PM

                            Then so not worth picking up there.

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                        mccaugheyd RE: redrover921 Jun 2, 2011 12:39 PM

                        I love Citarella's. It is more expensive than Fresh Direct but butter quality. I have ordered plenty from Fresh Direct. I would say it is average Reggiano. I use it for everyday things. But when I want something more special or am having company I definitely go for Citarella's. (UES location on 3rd Avenue). I find it to be very fresh and pungent. Probably because of the high turnover. I also think that peapod.com's is just as good as Fresh Directs if not better and I think sometimes it is a little cheaper.

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                          serious RE: redrover921 Jun 6, 2011 03:46 AM

                          Costco and Trader Joes, both inexpensive. Best quality? Doubt it, but good.

                          Trader Joe's
                          142 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

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