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Jun 10, 2011 10:08 AM

Italian market in Triangle?

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

      1. 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 :)

        1. 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

            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

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

            2. 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

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