Alesci’s embraces family traditions. If it’s not already apparent by the third generation of brothers who co-manage the deli and grocer, it shimmers to the surface in the stories of old regulars and those who remember Grandpa Frank Alesci. Starting with Frank, and now for more than 50 years, the Alesci family has curated a collection of imported products, providing immigrants with the sought-after goods from across the pond. Beyond that, it’s a place for fresh, crusty bread, pizza, a myriad of cheeses, and deli meats sliced by hand. Inside the 7,000-square-foot location, shelves are lined with everything from polenta to biscotti, olives to olive oil, and peppers who share space with their natural enemy: the tomato.
The gelato chef at GelatoStar draws on more than 20 years of experience when crafting Italian-style gelato and desserts with natural ingredients and fresh fruit. In addition to gelato, the chef also builds lemon strawberry tartufos and peanut butter chocolate gelato half spheres.
The Olive and The Grape's two locations celebrate the cuisine of the Mediterranean by packing shelves with vinegars and more than 30 olive and grape-seed oils from Spain, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, and many other countries. Other products include seasonings to flavor grill rubs, marinades, and salad dressings and more than 50 types of pasta. Staffers also load up carriers with an assortment of their highest-selling products, including aged pomegranate vinegar, grape-seed oil, and garlic-herb seasoning, along with suggested recipes and pet names for select items.
Tommy's Jerky Outlet crafts succulent jerky sticks out of salmon, alligator, kangaroo, and 100% USDA-inspected top round steak. For those who prefer a gamier meat, buffalo, elk, and venison options are also available. They come in a range of flavors including Sweet and Sassy, cherry maple, and Inferno, and pork-based smokies come in teriyaki, roasted garlic, and jalape?o varieties.
The red brick storefront of Murray Hill Market looks much the same as it did in 1922 when the building started out as a corner store where locals could stock up on snacks and sundries. Today, owner Michele Iacobelli Buckholtz brings that same type of old-fashioned hospitality to her market and sandwich counter, where you can munch on fresh sandwiches stacked with prime rib roast beef, fresh salmon, or the eatery's signature eggplant parmesan. The menu also features meat-free options for vegan and vegetarian diets, including chopped salads tossed with fresh veggies or portobello subs slathered with vegan mayo. You can also grab everyday items like fruit, laundry detergent, and Jeni's ice cream to make sure you never run out of the essentials you need to get through the season or just next week.