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Best single store for salumi, olives/antipasti veg, burrata and imported pasta?

biondanonima Dec 20, 2011 11:37 AM

I know this sounds like kind of a dumb question given the plethora of Italian markets in Manhattan, but I don't have time to go to several places and I want to make sure I can get all of the things I seek! I would just go to Eataly, but as I recall from my recent trip there they don't have an olive/antipasti bar, just jars of olives, roasted peppers, etc. I'd prefer a store with a bulk olive setup (like Fairway or Zabar's), but I want to be able to get burrata, guanciale and Italian pastas in the same stop, and to my knowledge those things are not always available at Fairway/Zabar's. So, where do I go? I haven't been to Buon Italia or Di Palo in forever, so I'm not sure how their selection stands up to Eataly. Other options? Please advise! Thank you!

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    kathryn Dec 20, 2011 11:48 AM

    Murray's has all of those items--call to make sure they are in stock of the guanciale. Their antipasti bar is pretty good. I'm fond of their big white bean salad.

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    Murray's Cheese
    254 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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      biondanonima Dec 20, 2011 11:53 AM

      I hadn't even thought of Murray's - good call! I don't remember them carrying imported pastas, though - are they hidden somewhere on the main level, or is there an upstairs? It's been too long since I've been there, too!

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        kathryn Dec 20, 2011 11:55 AM

        They're towards the back, under the classroom, at the Bleecker St location.

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          biondanonima Dec 20, 2011 12:31 PM

          Thank you! I just realized that they're right next to Faicco's, too, so if they're out of something I should be able to get it at Faicco's or vice versa. Perfect solution!

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          Faicco's
          260 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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      RCC Dec 20, 2011 12:46 PM

      Di Palo's selection of all the stuff that you wrote in your post is probably the best thing outside of Eataly. My only issue is the loooooong wait when you don't get there early enough.

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      Di Palo's Fine Foods
      200 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

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        biondanonima Dec 20, 2011 12:51 PM

        Thanks RCC - unfortunately, it looks like Di Palo is not going to work for me unless they're extending their hours, as I need to go on Thursday after work and I won't be able to get down there till 6:30 at the absolute earliest. However, I may call and see - Faicco's is doing extended holiday hours, so maybe Di Palo is too. It looks like I may just have to go wherever the burrata is, however - I called Murray's today and they said just to call on Thursday and hope for the best. Argh.

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          erica Dec 20, 2011 12:58 PM

          Does Murray's sell locally made burrata? I'd much rather have that than an imported version of the cheese that may have left Puglia many days ago. DiPalo makes their own, not sure if other places do this as well.

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            biondanonima Dec 20, 2011 01:28 PM

            Murray's said that they're currently only carrying a domestic (not house-made) burrata because the Italian stuff was coming in almost expired, and dying on the shelf. However, they didn't know if they'd be getting a new shipment in before Thursday, when I need to purchase it - so I'll just have to call.

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            gort Dec 20, 2011 01:01 PM

            Buon Italia usually stocks burrata, although with the holidays it might be a good idea to call. They don't have an antipasti bar, but they have bulk olives in various amounts in the back toward the butcher's counter, and they have anchovies and some other stuff by weight by the register. I think that the nearby Manhattan Fruiterer also has some antipasti by weight.

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            Buon Italia
            75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

            Manhattan Fruit Exchange
            75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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              biondanonima Dec 20, 2011 01:29 PM

              Thanks for the info - I will call them on Thursday too, just in case my other possible burrata sources fail me. The antipasti are actually the least of my worries - if I can't make it to a shop with a good selection, I can always just get a jar of marinated artichoke hearts and roast some peppers at home.

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              kathryn Dec 20, 2011 01:22 PM

              This older thread may help you find some burrata on Thursday;
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/453583

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            bob96 Dec 20, 2011 06:42 PM

            I think the Murray's-Faicco pairing (a match made in heaven) is an unchallenged leader.

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              gutsofsteel Dec 21, 2011 05:08 PM

              Agata & Valentina

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              Agata & Valentina
              1505 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021

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