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Aug 4, 2011 11:13 AM

Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace, Long Island

Has a few locations, and I've heard mixed reviews about the place. How is it, and how does it stack up with Fairway?

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  1. Nothing special. Not even close to Fairway.

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    1. Smithtown is great, I could spend half a day there, similar to Fairway: while Pt Jeff has nothing going for it. So weird, why did they bother? And why are they so different?

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      1. re: coll

        I have been to both. I now usually go to Port Jeff. Do not see any drastic difference you sound like you are talking about. I actually think Pt Jeff is a nicer store, but far as the food they are the same.

        1. re: mike259

          I'd have to try going to both on the same day to be sure, but Smithtown seemed to have much more stock of specialty dry goods, which is what I go for. Pt Jeff seemed to have half the amount of high end Italian oils, vinegars and the like, just one regular grocery aisle, while Smithtown was overflowing with choices. The one time I shopped at Pt Jeff I wanted to send a "care package" to my sister in California and it only took 10 or 15 minutes, compared to the hour or so I usually spend at Smithtown. Hey I could be wrong, but I was looking for specific brands I had bought previously, for example Acadamia Barilla, and they weren't at the new store. Maybe it's expanded in the last 8 months?

          1. re: coll

            Why don't you just make one trip to Fairway and save on gas?

            1. re: menton1

              I'm coming from the East End, I always visit Fairway in mid winter and stock up. Takes up half the day if not more. In the summer, I barely have time for Trader Joes! (And only because it's near my doctor's office.....)

      2. I've been to a few locations and have been supremely unimpressed--nowhere close to Fairway. If you're looking for Italian specialization, go to Iavarone Bros.

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        1. re: Scott_R

          Uncle Guiseppe's has chocolate fountains that dip chocolate covred fruits.Neither Ivarone or Fairway has anything like that. For most other things Ivarone or Fairway is superior.

          3680 State Route 7, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090

          1. re: linsue

            Yeah, but I hear that they use the cheapest "Hershey" type chocolate, cloyingly sweet with little chocolate taste...

        2. There is nothing special about them, their produce is ESPECIALLY bad. I've had one near me in Port Washington for a long time and always prefer North Shore Farms just down the way.

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          1. re: stefathena

            Totally agree with North Shore Farms being superior to Uncle Giuseppe's in all categories. For meat, I still much prefer Iavarone's to either.

            1. re: Salsiccia Creature

              I find nothing wrong with the meats at uncle giuseppe's. They have great quality. I use to go to a small local pork store, I find uncle giuseppe's better in all departments. I wouldn't say Iavarone's is any better

          2. Oh, how I wish we had a Fairway out East. We've got Stop and Shop, Waldbaums and King Kullen. All dreck in my opinion. Mediocre meat and produce.
            The best market for produce and meat is Best Yet.
            Sorry, I know you asked about Uncle G's. I've never been. It's a haul from Rivercity.

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            1. re: Motosport

              I like Uncle Giuseppe's, particularly the Smithtown store. Prepared foods are generally very good as are fish and meats. Excellent cheese department. I've never had a problem with the produce and there's a good selection of imported Italian pastas, oils, etc.

              1. re: Motosport

                Best Yet has a nice supply of unusual products: Asian, South American, Italian and so on. They are my primary store, rather than Waldbaums or Stop and Shop. Their bakery items are imported from the city, bread and pastries especially. I hope they never disappear....too good to be true. Now I'm hearing Aldi's is coming, I'm sure it's in direct competiton with Best Yet, hope it doesn't change anything.

                1. re: coll

                  Aldi is ok but don't compare to BestYet or Trader Joe's.all are different . One of my disappointments with BestYet is all the small salumi on the counter has corn syrup added anyway thats for another post .