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Mossuto's Market, Wall NJ


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Mossuto's Market, Wall NJ

soigne | Jun 20, 2007 04:43 PM

On Route 35 S, in the same strip center as Perkins.

Mossuto's is an upscale version of an Italian Deli in a beautiful newish 2-story space with a relatively large selection of prepared food, deli meats and cheeses imported from Italy and a small butcher area with wet and dry-aged prime beef. They have a rather large and pleasant dining area in the front of the store that gets white linen and candles on Friday and Saturday nights along with a full menu of fine Italian fare.

I love going to Mossuto's for lunch because despite their menus, their attitude has always been "if we've got in the store, we make it for you any way you want it." For example, one of my favorite sandwiches is prosciutto di Parma and with a two or three strips of imported Italian dried provolone on semolina bread with plain olive oil. Every time I order this sandwich, the counterman goes in the retail cheese cooler, cuts open a retail pack of imported provolone and cuts me two or three slices of cheese from the wedge without a complaint! The bite on the inside of their semolina bread could be a little chewier, but other than that, I get a delicious sandwich exactly the way I want it, every time.

For Father's Day, my wife and kids took me out to lunch there (my choice of course). After perusing the coolers, I asked for a single eggplant rolatine and a custom cold anitpasto plate with three different items (marinated cracked Sicilian olives, white bean salad and a classic NJ antipasto (julienne of salami, ham and cheese in vinaigrette) made with sopressata, prociutto di parma, provolone and sliced boccancini with fresh basil and good olive oil)---and I got exactly what I wanted, with a smile! I also got a basket of semolina bread and a San Pellegrino Limonata to put me in Italian lunch heaven.

For the kids, they always have housemade meatballs and a lovely hand-breaded chicken cutlet that they will gladly cut into "chicken fingers." My wife wants a just a kitchen spoonful of chunky balsamic glazed boneless chicken with a mound of house-roasted red pepper on the side and nothing else--and she gets hers too, gently warmed up!

OK Mossuto's is not perfect, what restaurant is? The young waitress in the front have a somewhat chilly demeanor with non-regular customers. But, they are young and pretty and efficient, which makes the whole experience even more authentically Italian!

I have not been in for dinner yet, so I have no comment there. Go try it for it lunch. And pick up a #10-can of La Fede San Marzano (DOC) tomatoes on the way out to make a nice batch of gravy when you get home.

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