In 1954, Gino's Italian Market's founder, Anthony Paparella, moved from the teeming fisheries of Bari to Hoboken, New Jersey, where he married a fellow Italian and worked as a builder for nearly 20 years. After retiring to South Florida in '73, Paparella brought a taste of his homeland stateside by opening a bustling bazaar filled with fresh produce, succulent meats, and sweet desserts.
The market's commitment to tradition and family can be found in all of its business practices, from its catered feasts of traditional baked pastas and rib roasts, to e-mail correspondences from the resident Nonna that contain expert advice on party planning, recipes, and optimal angles for cheek-pinching. Shoppers consult Nonna Anna and handy recipe guides to concoct rich sauces and tasty entrees from the store's bountiful selection of cheese, wine, ripe tomatoes, and imported Italian goods.
In addition to rounding out dinner plates with house-made prosciutto bread, fresh chicken, and juicy cuts of beef, Gino's graces weddings, desserts, and banquets with custom cakes and pastries.
Ocean Market Seafood's fishermen cast their lines and nets in the sea every day to snag the fresh mahi-mahi, shrimp, and tuna that crowd the market's enormous display cases. Customers can fill bags or 28-gallon hats with spiny Florida lobster ($12.99/lb.), or line white platters with wild-caught red snapper ($7.99/lb.) and live blue crabs ($5.95/lb.) for patriotic feasts. Friendly staffers also pile lunch plates ($6.99+) to curb midday hunger, and oysters on the half shell ($8.50/dozen) make ideal hors d'oeuvres or platforms for Barbie-doll dioramas of The Birth of Venus.
The aromas of spice-rubbed meats, curries, and simmering coconut milk mingle in Ginger Bay Cafe's dining room, giving visitors a taste of the tropics as soon as they enter. These vibrantly complex scents only grow stronger when orders arrive, such as plates of curried-chicken spring rolls with pineapple-ginger chutney, creole lobster, or jerk chicken with a secret blend of spices.
Inside the dining room, mottled orange and yellow walls evoke the look of an ocean sunset or really cool geometry book. The restaurant comes alive at night as live jazz bands and dance parties with reggae, R&B, and Caribbean soca rhythms echo throughout the space.
Jacob’s Classic Market is a full-service specialty-food store that carries an assortment of gourmet groceries, including farm-fresh produce, prime meats and poultry, fine wines, and delicious premade food items. Avoid the hustle, bustle, and rustling ghost whispers of poultry poltergeist that are par for the course at major supermarket chains, and enjoy the quaint atmosphere of Jacob’s Classic Market. Patrons can peruse a wide selection of freshly baked breads and pastries, organic and kosher products, garden-fresh fruits and vegetables, and quality meats, cut to order. In the wine cellar, Jacob’s helpful employees are available to assist you in your selection of Type A grape bloods. Visit the gourmet food bar to sample savory selections such as roasted chicken ($7.99), homemade challah bread ($3.99), homespun cheese pizza ($12.99 for 16”), or hearty made-from-scratch soups ($5.99+ for a quart). Enjoy a cup of joe from the full-service coffee bar as you stroll through this specialty market, dreaming of the increasingly tiny meals planned for your collection of Russian nesting dolls.
Established in 1979, South Florida Kosher Meats, Inc., houses a considerable collection of kosher komestibles. Until April 6, the grocer is kosher for Passover and can provide you with all your Passover needs. Following Passover, the market will return to its regular offers. South Florida Kosher Meats specializes in kosher meats, such as 1.5 pounds of barbecue ribs (about $15.99) and 2 pounds of chicken wings (about $3.99), both of which will liven up the next High Holy Days pool party. For customers looking to make use of the rocket-powered shopping cart they received for their last birthday, the market also functions as a full grocery store, with items ranging from cookies ($0.89+) and couscous ($2.39+) to pizzas ($3.99+) and pie filling ($1.39+). Torah-toting turophiles may opt instead for kosher dairy products—including several cheeses from Israel—complemented with a selection from South Florida Kosher Meats, Inc.'s collection of more than 150 kosher wines, including wines from the grape mines of Israel, Italy, France, and Australia.
Drawn to a tomato picked right from the vine, a small girl breaks its crimson skin with her teeth, its earthy scent and tart-sweet flavor imprinting forever on her mind. This childhood memory of her family's garden inspired Sheila to establish SW Ranches Farmers Market, where shoppers can nibble on samples of the day's harvest just as Sheila did as a little girl. The produce on display is all grown sustainably and without pesticides, whether it is cultivated by Sheila and her crew or brought to the site from local farms.
Patrons can suss out the available options on the market's website in order to plan meals or find something that fits in a factory-defect cornucopia. Shoppers stock pantries with other organic options when available, including cereal, flour, seasonings, meats, and fish. Some summer nights, the market shows outdoor movies with a focus on healthy foods, such as the documentary Forks Over Knives.