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Peter's Market

Allan Evans | Jan 15, 2000 01:24 PM

We now breathe sleep and eat more easily. This area (Flushing Bayside) has suffered a dearth of great Italian products (sure, there are plenty of mozzarella makers -using bland American milk tough - who stock cans of tomatoes, imported major brand pastas, low-end olive oils). We were shocked by Peter's Market (33-35 Francis Lewis Blvd.), a former butcher who has added a large section of superior olive oils (dated with year and month!), rarely seen organic pastas, wonderfully homemade breads, wild boar sausage, good cheeses (a rarity for Queens). We will soon try their squid ink sauce for pasta (black thick liquid extracted from seppie - cuttlefish, with seasonings). Their meat counter has great osso buco cuts, homemade sausages (haven't tried them yet) and many prepared foods.We will ask them for guanciale (pig cheek) to make amatriciana sauce. Of the prepared foods the fried chicken cutlets had a wonderful herbal seasoning with sesamse seeds. They also make Sicilian arancini (rice balls) stuffed with ground meat, pine nuts, raisins and peas - merely good: would that a Roman version - suppli al telefono- appear, stuffed with mozzarella, which resemble phone cords.

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