Okay...so im quite new to Arthur Avenue but just found out they sell a lot of incredible stuff here. I used to travel all the way to Manhattan for everything as I found groceries mediocre here but this place is quickly becoming a favorite. Where should I go? So far I got this down:
Casa Della Mozzarella: they sell incredible mozzarella here
Calandra's Cheese: Cheese is great here but their ricotta is especially notable.
Teitel Brothers: Great for olives, Parmagiano, and other hard cheeses. Don Luigi Extra Virgin Olive Oil is distributed exclusively by them.
Calabria's Pork Store: The place to go to for cured meats and sausages.
Randazzos and Consenza's both equally good fish markets (thank god I dont need to travel to the Lobster Place anymore!!!!)
okay...BUTCHERS....There are 3 main ones...that is Biancardi's, Peter's Meat Market, and Vincent's. What is your opinion of these 3? They all seem much more affordable than the butchers in Manhattan which is great for me as a student. But who should I go to for which? I realize that many people have developed a loyalty to only one but i would be more interested in what they specialize in. For instance, Peter's Meat Market is definitely the go to for innards. Their clients also tend to go for their veal a lot which is wonderful because its made from the hind shank and not the shoulder. Then at Biancardi's, lamb is really popular. They are also the best to go to for less common meats like quail, rabbit, and pheasant. I tend to pick at random where I want my steaks from. Who do you think sells the best steaks? And pork, i have been buying from the Flying Pigs Farm at the Union Square Greenmarket for their heritage breed pork. Though it would be nice to have a backup here as its easy to pass by here on my way home from class. Chicken...not sure. Are they all hormone/antibiotic free or is it just Vincents?
And is it just me or are there no good sources of produce here??? When I went to that big marketplace, the quality of the produce varied so much. It may be cheaper here than the Union Square Greenmarket but if its not that good, it doesn't matter how cheap it is.