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NYC: Rethinking the Italian Neighborhood Grocery

Looking for Louis Coluccio’s new store in Bay Ridge,  we spotted “Italian Grocery” in old-fashioned stenciling on the brick storefront.  ”Are you sure that’s it?” asked my son-in-law. But even from a moving car, I had also seen A.L.C.’s stylish round logo. The Coluccio family is into its third generation as Brooklyn grocers and importers [...]

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Fri, April 26 2013 » Eggs and Cheese, Italian delis, Italian food, Italian ingredients, Uncategorized » No Comments

Tasty Italian Things at San Francisco’s Fancy Food Show

From a Huffington Post reviewer who dutifully trudged every aisle at The Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, I learned that the old-fashioned granola bar is giving way to The Journey Bar, with salty-savory flavors like  rosemary and hickory BBQ. Also, we can now eat our alcohol in the form of a tequila cake. Food and [...]

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Sat, January 21 2012 » Italian food » No Comments

Tampa Bay: Shopping for Italian Ingredients

I still miss my fish market on Arthur Avenue and my neighborhood grocery’s fresh mozzarella but I was relieved to find, on moving to Florida, that New York doesn’t have a lock on Italian ingredients. Mazzaro’s, a large store in St. Petersburg with a carnival-like ambience, quickly became my go-to place for the basics. Here [...]

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Tue, October 18 2011 » Italian delis, Tampa Bay » No Comments