Giant Eagle's spread of more than mild to pungent cheeses amasses more than 400 varieties of aromatic curds from around the world. Parmigiano reggiano ($18.99/lb.) complements rustic tomato sauce and earthy olive oil with firm bites that break into chunks for salty hors d'oeuvres. Cotswold cheese combines mellow double Gloucester with onion and chives ($12.99/lb.), a savory mix that melts into a smooth, hearty sauce when heated on stovetops or placed in a tanning booth. Discerning palates gravitate toward Market District red-wax gouda ($8.99/lb.), a silky cheese whose mild taste artfully underscores the delicate flavors of white wines and fruity reds. A cheese glossary helps shoppers navigate the aisles, paring hard or soft wedges with a fondue recipe or ripened sweater. Additionally, Giant Eagle’s low-fat cheeses deliver fortifying doses of calcium while cutting down on calorie content.
The heady smell of fresh spices and artisan cheeses, combined with antiqued wide-plank wood floors and exposed-brick walls, inspires fantasies of a neighborhood shop set in a Greek village. Gus Stamoolis, son of Orestus Stamoolis, continues the business started by his father and uncles in 1929. Alongside his family and friendly staff, he imports oils and spices from fine Mediterranean distributers, as well as cheeses from Greece, Cyprus, Spain, and France. The Strip District fixture’s many offerings also include a catalog of olives, fine meats, and more than 30 homemade spreads with flavors such as asiago cheese and spicy feta.
Right By Nature specializes in supplying affordable natural and organic foods in a neighborhood-market environment, and provides the small sector of the population that still requires food with a diverse, affordable selection of organic and everyday products. An array of organic options descends upon the shelves, including Amy's Organic canned soups ($2.89–$3.39), La Prima coffee blends ($11.99), and Bob's Red Mill carb products ($2.99–$10.39). The in-house bakery churns out homemade dentist depressants such as the banana-chocolate-chip bread ($3.25) and a homemade oatmeal-walnut cookie sandwich with buttercream (three for $5.99). The clean, well-kept store also stocks a variety of prepared foods for the cooking-impaired, such as hand-tossed pizzas, fresh sushi, and other fully cooked entrees and sides. Check out the weekly specials to see what's hot, cold, or fresh this week.
Owned and operated by a family privy to gluten-free diet imperatives, Eden's Market caters to celiac sufferers and other dietary nonconformists with healthy grocery options. Similar antigluten activists may enjoy the likes of Katz gluten-free bread ($5.99) and Against the Grain products (most from $5.99–10.99). Much of the Eden's Market stock is sourced from local businesses and sustainable farms, ensuring that eating healthy can also fill up the perpetually hungry ethical stomach. Vegan and nondairy items, as well as vitamins and other supplements, keep customers from gnawing on their seatbelts for sustenance. For anyone with their larder already stocked full of non-lard, the Vindure 900 tablets offer a blend of extracts from red-wine grapes in the Bordeaux region of France with pure resveratrol and quercetin, elements that pump in purportedly life-extending polyphenols and antioxidants said to combat heart disease and other age-related ills.