It was almost a year ago that Michael and Patti Avella, owners of Love Lane Kitchen in Mattituck, decided to take over the building next door, the late Village Market, and turn it into a grocery. Love Lane Market opened earlier this month and an exhausted Michael Avella reports that, while he looked at the opening as the culmination of 10 months of work, “I now realize that the work is just beginning.”
When I saw it in the spring, the market promised to be lovely, with lots of warm wood and colorful tiles. Love Lane stocks about 1,500 items so far, including Asian and special-diet groceries.
A wood-burning oven makes pizza; a rotisserie roasts chickens. A fish monger is due to set up shop in the next few weeks. For now, Avella said that his customers are most excited about his butcher counter and, specifically, about the grass-fed beef that was raised right down the road in Cutchogue on the premises of McCall Wines. "I was really surprised by the demand for local, organic grass-fed beef,” he said. “We went through the first steer in less than ten days.” Problem is, McCall has a limited number of mature cattle, and so Avella is making inquiries about upstate cattle.
Love Lane Market is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. It’s located at 170 Love Lane, Mattituck, 631-298-2200.