Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Out of the few remaining Italian specialty shops in Little Italy, I'm partial to Alleva for both the old-school vibe, the relative lack of tourists compared to some of the other grocers on the block and mostly, their amazing foods. They have stromboli, pizza and sandwiches to take out, but my favorites for an Italian feast are below.

The alla calce olives are unusually bright green, super mild with a hint of fennel, and I'm convinced their the same olives served at Peasant's bar. I could snack on these all day.

The soppressata is incredible in both the spicy and sweet versions, and I can never get enough of the alpino, a prosciutto salami.

The creamy Italian fontina is a nice compliment the olives and cheese.

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