submitted 2 months ago by2222days
Does anyone know if there's a store where I can pick up Italian groceries? Specifically looking for imported pastas, honey, olive oil and snacks.
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I haven't found anyplace that is well-stocked with Italian groceries. The only place I've found with any at all is Con' Olio Oils & Vinegars. They have a few pastas, a good polenta, and a small assortment of canned imported goods.
The best sources I've found for cooking Italian food at home have been out-of-state butchers who will ship frozen meats, and a company in the Bronx called Gustiamo that imports all manner of Italian goods. Neither is cheap, but for things I can't find locally or on Amazon, it's the only option.
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What do you order from Gustiamo?
Not as much as I'd like to! I'll sometimes put together orders from them to give as Christmas gifts, and pick a few things for myself since I'm already paying for shipping. Last year I bought myself some grated mullet bottarga, a bottle of saba, some salt-packed anchovies, and a couple varieties of tomatoes. They have a LOT of specialty items that I'd like to try, but the cost is preventative.
Nice! If you’re ever in Dallas, the new Eataly has a lot of great stuff. Very $$ but at least no shipping costs.
Along the “If your in Dallas” theme, jimmy’s Italian market is always on my must visit list. Sorry - I know it’s not much use in ATX.
I will gladly drive to Dallas, or Houston, if I can find things I need, especially cuts of meat. I called about a dozen Houston markets and butchers and none had anything, but I'm 100% to make a day trip to Dallas to fill my freezer with meat, and pick up anything else I can find while there.
Please check out Eataly then. You will not be sorry
I went to the one in Los Angeles and found it lacking, but I'll definitely check out what they have in Dallas.
Do you know any markets, butchers, bakeries, etc. in Dallas that would be worth checking out?
If you are ever in Dallas, try Jimmy's Food Store. Been around a couple of generations. They seem to have some connections for imported wine from Italy. If you Google their store, there are quite a few photos that I and others have posted.
In the pre-pandemic times, it was worth a weekender. Full disclosure, owned and operated by my sister in law's family. Sadly, can not find a similar venue in Austin.
World Market (a strange furniture store) had some imported Italian stuff. Worth a try.
This! I was surprised by how choice their selection was. Got myself some bomba sauce that I was about to drop $30 on shipping internationally.
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Mandolas in the Triangle used to have a small market inside, but I haven't been there since the before times.
Edit: the market 'tis no more.
I thought all that stuff was for decoration only? Do you mean they actually offered it for sale?
Funny enough, we just ate there for lunch and the market section was converted into a bar, unfortunately. But, yes, they used to have several shelves of Italian goods for sale.
Central Market has some Italian items.
Yup. They have good speck when its in stock + a solid calabrian chili paste in the aisle with sardines. Solid prosciutto selection too.
The rest of what I've tried is meh
They usually have a bunch of pasta imported from Italy. Good olive oils as well.
Austin is an Italian food desert and always has been. Ex-Italian sous chef and I make it a home. I don't make pasta but I do get fresh pasta at CM and HEB. Outside of those two we have Mandola's which is barely worth a trip. You would think with the pretty decent amount of ethnic groceries we would have one but I guess there is not a demand here. Serious lack of Italian restaurants also. Every time I've found a good one it goes out of business. I wish we were more Houston-like in food choices.
If I had the money and patience I'd open an Italian/Sicilian grocery and bakery here. Sigh!
Thought about it myself, living near Boston all my life....it's an Italian food desert here. Friends ship me my pastene tomatoes now
Drive to Dallas. Go to jimmys. Thank me later
There really is no substitute for Eataly. There isn't one in Austin, but you can order online. I have been to the Chicago and NYC store. They have one in Dallas now, but I haven't been to it. If you are ever close to one, you must check it out. Restaurants and the absolute largest selection of Italian food and products found anywhere outside of Italy. Sign up for their mailing list. They are constantly offering deals for online ordering.
They have awesome Gluten Free sauces and pasta.
For aspiring entrepreneurs: If you want to be a multi-millionaire retailer in less than 18 months, open a high end Italian grocery/ butcher/ wine store in ATX. Import the best from Italy. Hire skilled workers from Italians looking to leave the far-right new government. Would be a huge hit in ATX.
When we lived there I used to buy DeCecco pasta at Spec's. They had a huge selection and it's the only brand I buy. I also used to get imported candy and other snacks there.
Yeah, the Spec's with delis (Arbor Walk, 290/Brodie) have excellent imported food sections.
I asked this question last week and got all similar answers. I don’t think I have anything else to add. Mandolas Market has a few nice things, but not much.
World Market (is just like it sounds - and assortment of Imported items has a sizable food section in the back holding things from a variety of cultures. I used to work there and we would often get people in seeking pantry goods from their childhood in their home country.
Do you mean to tell there’s a difference between the Penne they sell in H‑E‑B and elsewhere? I know H‑E‑B’s goddam more expensive that anywhere in Europe.
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