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Nov 2, 2011 07:07 AM

Specialty food shopping in Des Moines

Hi, Hounds -

Can anyone direct me to some Greek or Mediterranean markets in Des Moines, if such an animal exists? I'm hoping to marinate olives and feta in house and offer them as gifts this year, so quality is important but QUANTITY is also important - I'll need several pounds of each. Someone told be about Europa, but I'm not sure if that's more dry goods or what...? Also, please clue me in on Graziano's sausage, which I've seen referenced in several DSM threads.

Oooh, one other thing: is there anywhere in Des Moines to buy paper panetonne molds? Thanks!


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  1. You're a little out of luck as far as I know. Pammel Grocery in Ames is the best around. Europa has a lot of stuff, but its mostly eastern European. I know I've seen some feta in the store.

    Graziano brother's sausage is good stuff. I know they don't put any garlic in the spicy blend. Personally, I like my homemade better, but it's the best commercial italian sausage I've ever had.

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    1. re: ajb05854

      Thank you for the info! I'll look into Pammel Grocery - I'd be willing to drive up to Ames while I'm in that part of the state.

      Where can I buy/try Graziano's?

    2. European Flavors on 73rd St in Windsor Heights may have some things. International Groceries on Douglas in Urbandale (75th maybe?) - not sure if they're still open. Could try Gateway Market as well. You may also find something at Taste of Italy on University in Clive (just east of 86th street).

      Gateway Market
      520 Market St, West Des Moines, IA 50266

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      1. re: jhojati

        Thanks for the ideas. At least in my neck of the woods, so many of the grocery stores that stock primarily ethnic foods have Asian fare and occasionally an aisle or two dedicated to Mexican food items. We used to have a great Mediterranean grocery but it closed down. I'll keep you posted on International Groceries. Thanks again!

        1. re: AliceBarbaraMarion

          The new cheese store on 42nd St will open soon, or its already open.

        2. re: jhojati

          European Flavors is what I was thinking of...not Europa. Europa is cool, but I don't remember if I've ever seen good olives their.

          Graziano Brothers sausage can be purchased at some of the local grocery stores. I'd recommend just going to the actual store. It's at 1601 S. Union Street. Their italian seasoning is also very good. Every 6 months or so, I have to mail some to my little sister who lives on the east coast.

          Union Street Cafe
          4759 S Union Ave, Tulsa, OK 74107

        3. The Cheese Shop on 42nd in the Roosevelt Plaza has both great cheeses and a selection of olives. Graziano's is the local sausage and it's just straight forward Italian sausage. Nothing to write home about. Don't know anything about panetonne molds but try Kitchen Collage in the East Village.

          1. European Flavors has a lot of what you are looking for. Not sure about quality, as I don't shop there often, but they have been there a long time, so they must be doing something right.