Some interesting developments of late: Mastellone Italian Deli — an 80-year-old grocery store at the corner of Court and Degraw, is closing it’s doors for the last time on Wednesday. Pacific Green, the gourmet grocery at the corner of Pacific and Court, is slated to move in.
The move will set up a war of veggie and fruit sales on that corner — the new Pacific Green will be located just a few doors down from the K & Y fruit and veggie stand (a neighborhood favorite and true diamond for its always fresh produce at very good prices), and across the street from Union Market’s more expensive, but also very good produce selection.
Pacific Green is currently in a battle with its landlord, who asked the grocer to move out by the end of the year so that J. Crew could move in at a higher rent. The owner of Pacific Green plans to battle the ouster in court, saying that his lease lasts until 2015.
Mastellone will be missed by many neighborhood old-timers who relied on the grocer for very inexpensive prices on meats, house-made sausage and pasta sauce, prepared foods and a full range of bread-and-butter grocery and kitchen goods. If you haven’t tried Mastellone sausage and marina sauce with peppers — run over and get some while you can. A four-pack of hot Italian sausage will costs you $4 — soon to be no more.
Pacific Green sells a full range of fruits, vegetables, cheeses and gourmet grocery items, but does not have a deli nor does it sell meat.
At this point, one must sit down and pray that the few fine food and grocery establishments survive from when Carroll Gardens was a fully Italian neighborhood. Remember to shop and support our local treasures, the historic Italian food shops that serve products that rate among the very best offered in New York City: G. Esposito & Sons, a butcher with a full range of fresh meat, including wonderful steaks and hamburger meat; Caputo Bakery — celebrating 108 years on Court Street; Caputo’s Deli gourmet Italian grocery, at Court and 4th Place, with a stunning array of house-made pastas, tortellinis and raviolis; and Court Pastry, a Sicilian bakery with knockout cookies and Italian ices.
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