We went to Pasquale Brothers recently to get some smoked paprika. It is priced reasonably and can be purchased in bulk.
We couldn't resist picking up a few other things... we got wonderful grano padano and roccolo cheeses, anchovies, Indian pickles, hot pepper jelly, green peppercorns, and of course, smoked paprika. Amazingly, all this did not break the bank. We paid about $30 for all of this!
On top of the cheese counter, there was a tasting platter with cubes of roccolo drizzled with balsamic vinegar. The roccolo was so delicious that we bought some, even though it was a little bit pricey at $37 per kilo. Then we asked to taste their grano padano. As they shaved off a bit, they apologized, saying that it had been out too long. We thought it tasted fine though and asked how much they wanted for the whole block that had been used for tasting. We paid $2.85 - a little over half price at $15 per kilo!!
Close up of the roccolo. The outer edges of this mountain cheese are hard and slightly caramel-like. The inside is softer and a bit sweeter. This cheese is absolutely delicious with walnut raisin bread. (We chose not to adorn it with balsamic vinegar.)
As we were having lunch at the picnic table in front of the store, we realized that the grano padano was priced amazingly so after lunch we went in a bought some more, paying just $12.64 ($23.19 per kilo) for this giant block of cheese.
There is a "bottom shelf" at Pasquale Brothers. We particularly loved the bottom shelf!! We got the most fabulous Indian pickles, hot pepper jelly, green peppercorns for ridiculously low prices. We're NOT complaining! We love how the Pasquales think. If something isn't moving, they drastically reduce the price and place it on the bottom shelf. Initially, we only got one jar of Indian pickle. But we tasted it at lunch and went back inside to get two more jars. The pickles and jelly were $1 each and the green peppercorns were $0.49 each. (The anchovies were on an upper shelf and was one of our "big ticket" items.)
hotpepper jelly, Indian pickle, green peppercorns
hotpepper jelly, green peppercorns