(Street Corner of Durnell and Washington St. BEFORE Metropolitan and Roslindale Hardware heading West)
♦ Homemade Italian Sausage ♦ Fresh Meats ♦ Lamb ♦ Veal ♦ Beef ♦ Imported Groceries
You may note that many of our products do not currently have prices. Market prices vary weekly, but prices will be verified when we call to confirm your order. We are still seeing some variability due to Covid related Supply chain issues, but overall prices are dropping. Please add your items to the cart and complete your order. If for any reason you have an issue hop to the FREESTYLE Entry -- here you can put in comments, put in any type of order, your desired pickup or delivery type and time, etc. Likewise, if you know what you want, & don't want to browse, use the "FREESTYLE" option -- enter what you want in your own words....We will call you to confirm your choices, pickup curbside & delivery options, and to collect your payment information. No payment information will be collected until you have confirmed the order info over the phone.
Sausages are hand-made at least once a week, and even more often during busy times, so at any point you may come in to see Tony or his assistant, Aspasia, grinding the meat and filling the casings for that day’s sausage. Tony says the secret ingredient in his sausage is love – and from the delivery of the special ingredients to the packaging of the meats, deli and specialty items that they carry, one would have to agree. Everything is done with care and concern, whether it be grinding the hamburger directly from sirloin for a customer, or cutting a particularly delectable slice of prosciutto for a taste, or ordering the prime meat for delivery and cutting for a customer’s order.
Although the store doesn’t open until 8:00, phone calls start early – 7:00 AM or even before. Tony answers the phone personally at this hour, as he stocks the shelves and begins preparing orders for the day.
This includes his sausages, steaks and veal cutlets, choosing them for their quality and flavor. Amongst others, Tony has supplied all of the meat to the ever popular Pino’s Pizza , in Cleveland Circle, for 45 years. He provides sausages to his trendy, and crowd-pleasing next door neighbor restaurant, Geoffrey’s Café , and prime steaks to the fashionable and fabulous Sophia’s Grotto , both in Roslindale square. Tony has a strong, customer-oriented service record with these and other restaurants with whom he works. Call and speak to Tony directly to set up these relationships. Even the packaging of the meat and deli items is distinctive, a heavy white waxed butcher paper, carefully placed in clear heavy plastic, which reflects the quality and care of everything put together at the store.
The real fun comes in, however, with the customers who come and browse the store, selecting items and talking with proprietor Antonio DeBenedictis – “Tony”. Tony knows his customers, and is quick to ask about family, the news of the day, and to share his news as well. New customers often ask about Tony’s roots – his delightful Italian accent leaves little doubt about his background – and he is happy to share his experiences from growing up in a small village, Avellino, near Naples – to his vast cooking knowledge. He is also a lifelong fan of opera, and an avid (and talented) ballroom dancer, topics that he will joyfully discuss.
Customers will come in to recount their visits to Italy, and to ask about preparing dishes that they first tasted in Europe, but wish to emulate at home. The many Italian regulars will often come in, joining the conversation, and with the air punctuated with Italian Opera in the background, one may hear Tony chatting away in Italian, or Aspasia explaining a great Greek recipe in her native Greek., or any number of other languages as true meat connoisseurs come in to have their specialty meats prepared by Tony. The store has a truly European feel to it, and the incredible warmth and comraderie of Tony and his assistants only helps to create a charm and caring neighborhood feeling that keeps people coming back – whether they walk in from the neighborhood, as many do, or drive, as some customers do, from Worcester or New Hampshire or Newport, just to find the best possible meats around, and to drink in the wonderful atmosphere of the store.
Deliveries are between 4 - 7 pm. Orders must be placed before 12 noon to ensure same day delivery. -- but we will try if later!
All Curbside & Store Pickup Orders Must Be Made an hour In Advance of Desired Pickup Time.
Our store is open 8-5 Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday and 9-6 Thursdays & Fridays. We are closed on Sunday and Monday.
We thank you for your patience with us as we put together our new online system. & we thank you for shopping with us. Deb & Tony
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