1) Romeo & Ceasers Gourmet Groceries
"We only use the first quality in merchandise," says Romeo Simeone, with just the kind of thick Italian accent you want your gourmet grocer to have. "The produce is the best. We use a lot of local stuff. They cut it in the morning and they bring it to our place in the afternoon. Every day, fresh stuff is coming in." The deli is stuffed with high-grade meats which they'll be happy to make you a fresh sandwich with. Try the prosciutto (from Parma), paired with fresh mozzarella on store-made focaccia bread, for one. Or grab a hot, reasonably priced bacon, egg and cheese sandwich on rustico bread on your way to work (no microwaves will be involved in the process). The tuna comes from Italy and Spain, as do many of the cheeses. You'll find the D.O.C. marking on the Italian cheeses, in fact, which means the Italian government assures us of their utmost quality. The pastries, cakes, cookies and gelato are irresistible. New at Romeo's this year is a refrigerator case of prepared pastas, like ravioli, tortellini, manicotti and lasagna. And they've got pizza now too. In the summer, they'll once again hold their multi-course Friday-night dinners where the neighborhood can have a homemade family dinner out on the patio for a fixed price.romeoceasersgourmetshop.com
771 Orange Street
2) Nica's Marketnicasmarket.com
603 Orange St.
3) Elm City Market
777 Chapel Street
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