EMF Gourmet Italian Market wants to make a good first impression.
The store is bright and clean, the produce well-tended, and the shelves are chock-a-block with biscotti, olive oils, anchovies, Italian sodas and canned tomatoes, some of which are deeply discounted throughout November. A 5-pound, 10-ounce can of La Vera San Marzano D.O.P. tomatoes, for example, is selling for an unthinkable $5.99.
Vinny Barbieri, a co-owner of the Franklin Square original as well as this month-old store in East Northport, said: “We have a great opportunity here to become part of the community.”
For more than 15 years, Seven Brothers occupied this space in the Elwood Center on Jericho Turnpike. That store closed in 2014 and was succeeded last year, briefly, by Caggiano’s. The store has been vacant for 10 months and, based on the response so far, Barbieri said, “it seems like the neighborhood really needs an Italian market.”
When Richie and Fred Lodico — Barbieri’s brother-in-law and late father-in-law, respectively — opened Eastern Meat Farms in Franklin Square in 1983, it was first and foremost a market for cooks: fresh meat, fresh sausage and Italian imports were its stock in trade. “But no one has time to cook now,” Barbieri said, “and it’s the prepared food that really moves.” Customers who can handle turning on an oven can bake their own chicken oreganata or turkey “filet mignon” (wrapped in bacon and sauced with BBQ).
For microwavers, there are soups ranging from tomato bisque to roasted corn chowder. Old school heat-and-serves include a towering lasagna, chicken Parm, stuffed shells and eggplant Vincenzo, fried paper-thin slices layered with cheese and sauce. New school heat-and-serves include cauliflower “rice” medley and Buffalo chicken meatballs.
You’ll need a big saucepan to heat up the 64-ounce tub of Sunday sauce, which includes four meatballs, three sausages, two pieces of braciola and one chunk of pork. For the pasta, you have your choice of dozens of shapes and brands of fresh, dried and imported.
Cold dishes abound, and the octopus salad with cannellini beans is as good or better than those served in restaurants.
EMF Gourmet Italian Market is at 1958 Jericho Tpke., East Northport; 631-493-0002, salami.com