When you walk through the doors, you find yourself in a 6,000 sq. foot industrial space. The initial experience is a small-ish area with a few tables and some stools for enjoying a pastry and sipping an espresso, or thoroughly relishing a fresh gelato.
As you pass into main gallery of the shop, you’ll notice the cheesemonger and department to your right. Small cheese-rounds are wrapped to stay fresh. Attendants are smiley and ready to assist. You’ll encounter cheeses here from Italy, France, and Spain at the moment.
More cheese offerings…
What a surprise to find an entire cooling/aging room with enormous rounds of Grana Padano. I’m a fan, but they are also a major sponsor of Lidia’s PBS series. They have a respectable presence here.
Interesting options available. Notice the price-points.
Meat is supplied by the famed Pat La Frieda who supplies product to top chefs. In this case were not only fresh pork loin chops, but whole Hudson Valley rabbit.
Packaged salumi are currently available with interesting selections such as the salami made with Barolo wine. Soon, Tarry Market will be aging/curing its meat products in addition to making their own salumi.
Prosciutto di Parma – - walk by the counter and tasty samples await. It is very tempting to purchase the entire package and hang it in a cool basement/garage for the winter.
The pasta counter is very enticing. It includes shelved packages of interesting dried pastas from Italy. My favorite are the fregola which I saw made in Sardinia by sprinkling cool water over sheet pans of semolina then sieving them thus revealing little round balls of pasta which are then baked to dry and stored for delicious soups, etc. You don’t need to go through that anymore – - It is available in abundance here.
I was also thrilled to see the not-so-easy to procure bags of Farro. Good winter dishes await.
The fresh pasta made on premise looks absolutely tender and delicious. I can’t wait to add the “torn pasta” or pappardelle into the “Sunday Gravy.”
Some may look at this as our local “Eataly.” Concept is different. Here we find great packaged products from Italy, Spain, and France. In addition, we find our locavore fix for all things local.
My advice, have a nice lunch or dinner at Tarry Lodge, stop next door to stock the pantry and know that the best has arrived in your own back yard.
Joe Bastianich told me the wine store is slated to open next week. It should be noted that this is a “soft open” which means that over time, we can look forward to seeing it evolve into their ultimate vision. We have much to look forward to!
179 N. Main St.
Port Chester, NY