North Shore Farms in Commack is welcoming its new seafood vendor in style, with some gargantuan fish — and savings to match.
Customers who arrive on Friday, March 18 before noon can watch the store’s fishmongers cut up two 800-pound fish.
The new vendor is Joe Catalano, owner of John's Farms in Plainview, whose fish counter is one of Long Island’s best and busiest.
Catalano’s opening gambit includes the two “monsters,” a bluefin tuna landed in Montauk and a swordfish from New Zealand. (Both will be selling for $7.99 a pound.) Also on the ice: Long Island day-boat sea scallops still in the shell ($10.99 a pound), fresh Portuguese sardines ($6.99 a pound) and an armada of jumbo (3- to 5-pound) lobsters selling for $5.99 a pound.
The store’s kitchen will be cooking from Catalano’s haul as well and, among the prepared dishes available for takeout, will be pasta con sarde. This most Sicilian of pasta dishes is made with sardines, fennel, raisins and pine nuts and is traditional for St. Joseph’s Day, which falls on Saturday, March 19.
Catalano will be running the fish operation at North Shore Farms’ two newest stores, in Commack and Bellmore. The other four stores are in Great Neck, Mineola, Port Washington and Glen Cove.
North Shore Farms is at 40 Vanderbilt Pkwy., Commack, 631-499-8350, northshorefarms.com.