Seeking Italian groceries-Whole Foods or Central Market?
I'd like to buy lots of prepared items for an antipasto (cheeses, salamis, olives), excellent pesto, and fresh pastas for a dinner party. Do you recommend flagship Whole Foods or Central Market for this? Or do both have equally good selections? Thanks!
4477 S Lamar Blvd Ste 100, Austin, TX 78745
I'll throw in another recommendation for Antonelli's. Not only is their cheese always amazing, but their salumi is pretty much the best in town, IMHO. Try the Petit Jesu salami (baby jesus!!!)... it's pretty mind-blowing.
As for the pesto/pasta, I've bought CM's pesto and it's pretty good. Nothing super special. As mentioned before, Mandola's would probably be your best bet for those two items.
Whole Foods policies on hormones, antibiotics, and nitrites/nitrates do restrict some of what they are willing to offer, so keep that in mind. I agree that of the two you listed, CM has a wider selection of charcuterie. Cheese-wise they're pretty similar. WF flagship does have a cool antipasto bar. $8.99/lb, in the cheese area. Olives, peppers, veggies, sauces - all kinds of cured & brined treats to pick from.
For others finding this thread, I highly recommend Antonelli's Cheese Shop on Duval, as well as any Spec's location with a full deli counter.
Antonelli's Cheese Shop
4220 Duval Street, Austin, TX