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Aug 14, 2012 04:09 AM

Italian Sausage

I was looking for a thread where some brands of Italian sausage were mentioned but couldn't find it. Premio is the brand you see most in supermarkets. But another brand was mentioned that I am looking for. But I forget the name. Only that it's made in Clifton and is the sausage served at many Boardwalk stands including Midway in Seaside Heights. Anyone recall the brand? Recently I had a brand of sausage called Torino that was very good. Don't know if it's available in stores. A friend who drives a truck for a distributor gave me some.

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  1. The sausage that was used on the Boardwalk for many years is Lipari's in Hawthorne. I believe they were in Clifton at one point.

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      1. re: hotdoglover

        I can't forget them. I grew up on 'em.

        1. re: bifpocaroba

          Not a fan of Lipari' always seems too salty and dry for my tastes and I prefer a finer grind. In recent months, I have been trying the Chicken Sausages available and I thought the Premio choices were pretty good. I also tried Patsy"s brand and it was very bland and dry. I have given up on Turkey sausages.....

          With regards to Lipari.....I boycotted them for over 10 years until a few years ago. I just could not purchase their products after reading about the antics of the former Mayor and how he evaded taxes by gifting the company to his teenage children....

        2. re: hotdoglover

          Best Italian sausage in bergen county is melas mkt which is on passaic st in garfield,but not sure there didnt just close shop,Also Visentinis on union st in lodi,puts premios to shame [imo]

      2. Just to mention.... Premio is really Johnsonville, the people who make the Bratwurst. Not sure if it all comes from Wisconsin.

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        1. re: joestein

          Did Johnsonville recently purchase Premio? Premio, originally was the Garden State Sausage Company and family owned.

          1. re: joestein

            Coming from the immediate area that Premio is made, I'd be curious to know/see what tells me it's really J-ville. Nothing on the website. Do you have any info to share? If they ARE J-ville, that's the end of my Premio purchases.

            1. re: njmarshall55

              After Fourunder's reponse, I looked at the J-ville website myself. I swear I can remember that they used have J-ville and Premio products on their website - but not now. I did take a look at the picture of their non-pork sausages and thought the label looks similary to premio's non pork sausage lable.

              If I find any other proof, I will post it. Maybe looking at financial statements for too many years has finally gotten to me.

            2. re: joestein

              Premio Foods, Inc. is a family-owned business located in Northern New Jersey. Originally named the Garden State Sausage Company and then became Premio Foods, Inc. in the 90’s. Premio Foods has never been associated with Johnsonville in any way. Furthermore, Johnsonville never purchased Premio Foods, Inc.; they are two entirely separate companies and remain that way.

              1. re: PremioFoods

                Does the old man still hit the bulk candy at the market?

              2. Hey Hotdoglover.........I don't know the name or brand.....but Delicous Orchards in Colts Neck NJ sells what they call "Spicy Dog's" which is just a hot dog with crushed red pepper seeds ground into the meat. (So I assume)......but I have to tell you out of all the hot dogs I have ever eaten this dog for both the flavor of the meat and the spice is above and beyond the best hot dog I have ever had. Are you familiar with them.......and if so may I ask your opinion.

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                1. re: jrvedivici

                  jrvedivici, I haven't been to Delicious Orchards, but I have had a similar hot dog to what you described. About 5 years ago I bought a pack of Grote & Weigel spicy hot dogs that had the red pepper seeds. Different, but a little spicy for my taste.

                2. Fourunder , I know what your talking about with the father " Mayor Joe" but the son Jimmy and daughter Annie I knew back in the day and they were very nice people. I wonder if they are involved in the buisness these days.

                  I have to admit Foodtown in Cedar Grove is my favorite Italian sauage these days

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                  1. re: bifpocaroba

                    The sins of our father....nice to hear the kids did not follow their father's lead. I should add that the gifting was perfectly legal as I understand it....but he never gave up control of the companies. The issue for me was his shake down of towing operators.

                    The Paramus ShopRite, the store I frequent most, makes their own sausage daily...but they too grind coarsely and are a little too bland in seasoning for my tastes. Whenever I shop an Italian market, if I see in-store made sausage, I always five it a try. The only one I have found I like is Valente's in Fairview.

                  2. Jr, I don't go to D.O that frequently but i will check out those dogs.

                    Anyone ever get links from sabatos in Middletown/belford? I am not a sausage connoisseur but i can tell my way around a good one. Premio is garbage.

                    Off on my annual maine lobster run back next week. Ttyl