I spent my lunch hour at Di Palo Fine Foods on 200 Grand Street. So even though I went during the week, and the line appeared short, I ended up spending an hour there! Granted, a fair amount of that was trying different things, but a fair amount was waiting. My guess is that I waited half an hour for them to help just 2 people. But the waiting gives you a chance to listen to what other people are ordering and sometimes get a taste of what they are trying. They seem to be discounting the pannetone since it is post-Christmas (though the stuff lasts for months). I've never tried the good stuff (one customer told me to make sure butter is one of the ingredients) and it was $9. Tried some of their italian ham with rosemary--this was so delicious, I bought a bunch. They also just got a shipment of the newest olive oils, which they will let you taste. Not expensive either--mine was $23 for maybe 750ml. Bought other assorted cheeses and meats (incl. their mozzerella balls). Luckily for my wallet I managed to avoid the grocery items, it all looked so delicious but pricey, like the $14 slitti version of nutella (chocolate dreams are made of these).
So next time I brave the lines, what else should I get? Also, any better times to go? Was it that I went at Friday or that it was lunch time?
BTW after trying all their samples, I picked up a pound of cherries in chinatown and that was enough for lunch!