Butcher for Porchetta
I will be making porchetta for the first time. Wondering if anyone has recommendations on where to buy the pork shoulder? I have some good local butchers in Astoria but also considering buying from a place like Dickson's in chelsea market where the meat is sustainably raised but a whole lot more expensive. Thoughts?
re: 280 Ninth
Ottomanelli isn't working directly with the sources. Whether you can tell the difference in taste isn't entirely the point of buying sustainable meats anyway.
Short of buying it direct from a farmer/ranch, you can't get more direct than Dickson Farmstand. Most of their meats are out of my price range for home cooking, but I can't deny they're beautiful cuts.
I think it's Violet Hill that is known for pork sales at the Union Square market.
Eataly also has a beautiful meat case, some of which appears to be coming from a rotating crop of sources.
In Brooklyn there's Marlow & Daughters which breaks down whole animals, and then there's The Meat Hook which does a good job finding good sources. Older style places to look into are Fleishers, then Paisanos. and finally, more along the lines of an Ottomanelli, but with more prepared foods, and sausages, there's Esposito & Sons Pork store.
If I were trying to go all out on buying pork I would go direct to the Mosefund folks. Their Mangalitsa stuff is to my mind a step above what the other small producers are doing.
Generally I find that for a big piece like what you would need for Porchetta it probably is best to call ahead to the greenmarket vendors. Also some of the pork folks use a processor that doesn't leave the skin on. Something to make sure you ask about when you order.
Flying Pigs farm at union square farmers market has some fine pork products. Very expensive though.
I like violet hill more for their poultry products.
You mentioned you are in Astoria. I think that Butcher Bar on 30th ave would be the best bet inclusive of all the alternatives...