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Italian market in Triangle?

pauldudenhefer Jun 10, 2011 10:08 AM

Last weekend I visited Providence, Rhode Island, which has an Italian section of town with no fewer than three outstanding Italian markets. Those markets offered a large selection of prepared foods (lasagna, eggplant parm, stuffed clams, et al.), fresh pasta, olives (as in a dozen different kinds), cheeses, and lunch meats. They had lots of canned goods and other comestibles, and they each had a sandwich bar where one could order any number of sandwiches, all made to order. Is there a market like the one I'm describing in the Triangle? There are of course places that offer some of what I've described--Piazza Italia in Durham, for example; there are even places that may offer all that I've described, but operate as a more general market (Southern Season, for instance). But is there a specifically *Italian* market that offers the whole package?

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    Rory Jun 10, 2011 12:28 PM

    We don't have Italian immigrants; they're in Philly;-) We have had Scottish & Moravian ones, Greek ones and now Asian ones, which explains why we have such great Asian markets and some super local fig trees.

    1. brsmith2 Jun 10, 2011 12:51 PM

      Antonio's Gourmet Market in Lafayette Village (way north Raleigh) is basically what you've described, from what I hear.


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        quazi Jun 10, 2011 01:08 PM

        you could travel to Giacomo's in Greensboro. they are exactly what you're looking for. aA little far I know, but closer than RI :)

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          rafeco Jun 10, 2011 01:47 PM

          The closest Triangle equivalent is probably Capri Flavors in Morrisville:


          It's really nothing compared to the excellent Italian markets in Providence, though, which are probably as good as you'll see anywhere. I kind of hate you for making me think about them -- they're so very good.

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          1. re: rafeco
            bob96 Jun 15, 2011 06:39 PM

            If their website is any indication, Capriflavors a strong competitor to anything in Providence--even NY. And having grown up in a NY Italian food business family and neighborhood, I think I can tell. Love Providence, but for a store in an area without a traditional Italian community, Capriflavors seems just fine.

            1. re: rafeco
              mpjmph Jun 16, 2011 05:51 AM

              I'll third Capri Flavors. Make sure you go hungry, Titina serves a full meal under the guise of "samples"

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              BriMar Jun 15, 2011 04:05 PM

              I have been to Antonio's Gourmet Market and I can second that it is the place to go if you are looking for a TRUE Gourmet Market. They don't limit themselves to an Italian Selection by any means but boy, do they have an awesome selection! We go there at least once a week.

              Gourmet Market
              14 Executive Park Rd Ste C, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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              1. re: BriMar
                TerryG Jun 16, 2011 02:41 PM

                I can third Antonio's. Definitely the best option in the Triangle.

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                scrappinJudy Jun 16, 2011 01:20 PM

                fresh mozarella???

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                1. re: scrappinJudy
                  bob96 Jun 16, 2011 03:22 PM

                  Looks like Capri has it; smoked, too.

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