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Old 12-22-2006, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Oxnard, CA on the way to Raleigh NC
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Hey I have an idea - why doesn't someone from NY open up a real Italian Deli and Market. There are so many NY'ers in the Raleigh area. I am sure who ever does this will become a hero in the eyes of many and probably rolling in the money. too. ANyway - I think it's a good idea.
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Old 12-22-2006, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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I am moving to Heritage Wake Forest soon. There is an Italian pork store opening near there soon. It is still under construction. Hoping it will be good.

There's nothing like a good Italian pork store for an Italian who grew up in Brooklyn. It's all about the food!!!!

Good luck
Tina
I've seen the work they are doing there....no clue what it is though. (We go to O'Dwyer's next door quite a bit.)

So do tell...what is a Italian pork store?? I mean....I guess they sell various forms of dead pig....but it is a deli? butcher?
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Old 12-23-2006, 09:17 AM
 
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Do people forget they have relocated to the South or what?
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Old 12-23-2006, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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Do people forget they have relocated to the South or what?
What? I don't think anyone's forgotten that....but not sure what that has to do with Italian Delis.
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Old 12-23-2006, 06:07 PM
 
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That's pretty funny, I was thinking the same thing about Italian deli, there is Capri Flavors on Morrisville Pkwy, I found very similiar.
I just moved here from LI myself. Missing the food the most.
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Old 12-27-2006, 03:00 PM
 
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Anyone wanting some good Pizza - give Bella Italia a try off Capitol Blvd. I'm an ex Brooklyn boy and think its pretty dam good. So is Gianni's and Gitano in north raleigh...nice restaurant. For the pork store stuff I rely on mom and dad when they come visit. They load me up with the fresh mozzarella and the prosciutto, dry sausages...etc. All from my favorite deli Pastosa's in Bklyn. They actually will ship to you although its a bit pricey it may be worth the treat once and a while. I also get a few loafs of the best italian bread from my favorite bakery. I have some in my freezer now


BUON APPETITO!!
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Old 12-30-2006, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest NC
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So do tell...what is a Italian pork store?? I mean....I guess they sell various forms of dead pig....but it is a deli? butcher?
I will not bore you with Why but a "pork store" to an Italian-American is more than a place to buy pork it is a butcher with other specialty items, often bakery items & canned or dry goods only otherwise available at snooty gourmet shops. Also some pork stores have have fish & produce.
The best part for me is that they are almost always run by the owner & family & you are greeted by a familiar person on each visit. Plus you can get in & out fast if necessary, or chat & get a dinner idea if you need it.

Being Italian or speaking Italian? Optional.
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Old 12-30-2006, 06:07 PM
 
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As of 10, 15 years ago, an independent Italian specialty store was still a viable business venture. For over a century, the small mom-&-pops that smelled like garlic and sausage and cheese and cannoli filling thrived in dense neighborhoods when foot traffic was the interstate and the produce section was three storefronts down.

Times changed. Supermarkets turned the daily trip to market into weekly appointments. We bought what was on sale and froze what we didn't eat. The specialty markets continued to do well because there was a need for the high quality imported and specialty food products. They charged a bit of a premium, but Stop & Shop did not carry the imports back then.

But today, you can get the best olive oils, cheeses, meats, pastas and wines at many large stores like Harris Teeter and now Trader Joe's (their Italian Olive Oil cannot be beat for flavor and price - I buy 3 or four bottles a month). A smaller retail store such as Conti's can no longer match the price on 36 month aged Parmigiano Reggiano at a major retailer, and the quality is now on par.

Which brings me to this: the best model today for the kind of place your taste buds yearn for is a cafe/deli where income is primarily derived from prepared food - sandwiches, catering, etc. The rest - good wine, various pastas, $50/bottle balsamic vinegar - enhances the experience. But the traffic - thus, the dollars - must come from a quantity of patrons that only the promise of a great lunch can ensure.
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Old 12-30-2006, 06:09 PM
 
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Be patient...

It is coming.
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Old 12-31-2006, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest NC
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Be patient...

It is coming.
Now I think know who you are!!!!


BTW you are right about gettign gourmet goods for less at Trader Joes, and you are also right about the prepared & semi-prepared foods.

But some of us still like to get our meat fresh in paper instead of plastic, and more than anything we like the connection with the owner & staff, as I wrote above!
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