Now Carrying M’o Il Gelato!

May 22 2014

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Just in time for summer, we are proud to carry one of NYC’s favorite, and authentically Italian gelatos, M’o.

M’o is born from the love of true Italian gelato, simple and delicious. That’s why the insistence here is on quality. 

Each flavor has a unique recipe that was created by their master gelataio and is made every day in small batches to ensure absolute freshness. Pistachios and hazelnuts are from Italy, milk comes from a local farm and produce is fresh and local. M’o uses nothing artificial because they believe that you can taste the difference and they really care about your health.

M’o consists of the initial and final letters of the name of the founders, but in Italy also means “finally!” and this is the spirit that drives them: to set the standard for authentic gelato at its best.

So stop on in to cool off, and to savor one of NYC’s best Italian secrets.

NEW! Ariston Infused EVOO and Balsamic Vinegars from Greece.

May 6 2014

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Todaro Bros. is proud to announce the Ariston Infused Olive Oil and Vinegar line. Greek for ’the very best’, the Ariston line is from Messinia region, and are super premium Greek extra virgin olive oil expertly infused with unique natural flavor combinations that will give your recipes and culinary applications newfound complexity of flavor.

The uniquely flavored EVOO and Balsamic flavors can be used as finishing touches for fish, vegetables or including in dressings and marinades… and the balsamics can be drizzled over fresh fruit and ice cream. Olive Oil flavors include Basil, Lemon, Rosemary, Blood Orange, and Chocolate. The  The infused balsamic flavors are Coffee Espresso & Chocolate, Honey, and Orange.

Olive oil flavors include:
   Basil, Lemon, Rosemary, Blood Orange, and Chocolate (5 Separate Flavors)    250ml $9.98
Balsamic Vinegars:
   Coffee Espresso & Chocolate, Honey and Orange. (2 Separate flavors)      250ml  $11.98

The World’s Finest Salts Are Here!

Apr 22 2014

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We are happy to announce that we are carrying some of the finest salts on the planet!

The finest chefs use the finest salts to create their masterpieces. Each rare salt has a distinct taste, color and character that enhances the flavor of meats, seafoods, vegetables and foods of all varieties.

We are now carrying the Maggiordomo sea salt line, a product line that seeks out only the finest salts available throughout the world. Each rare salt has a distinct taste, color and character that enhances the flavor of meats, seafoods, vegetables and foods of all varieties.

We currently carry the entire gourmet salt line:

• Pacific Blue: $4.99ea
This solar evaporated Pacific sea salt is blended with activated charcoal (commonly used to ease stomach pains and indigestion). This salt is well served on red meats and fish.

• Fleur de Sel: $7.99ea
A special crystalline shape and high moisture content help this salt to dissolve slowly to deliver a full and balanced flavor. It is ideal for salads, cooked fresh vegetables, and grilled meats.

• Fumee De Sel: $7.99ea
This premium French Fleur de Sel is prized for its gentle smoke flavor with a savory hint of wine. The sea salt compliments the simplest dishes like eggs and potatoes. It is a dash of complexity to any cuisine.

• Cyprus Flake: $6.99ea
These unique pyramid shaped crystals have a fresh ocean flavor and a satisfying crunch. The flakes work classically well in finishing and roasting and also inject extraordinary character as a garnish.

• Sel Gris: $6.99ea
This salt has gained great fame in the mainstream culinary world as a high mineral, great tasting sea salt. It is ideal for cooking and baking.

• Murray River: $8.99ea
This sea salt has a wonderfully mild flavor. The crystals melt quickly and evenly making it a salt ideal for finishing, baking, and blending.

• Black Hawaiian: $6.99ea
This solar evaporated Pacific sea salt is blended with activated charcoal (commonly used to ease stomach pains and indigestion). This salt is well served on red meats and fish.

• Pure Ocean: $4.99ea
These full flavored pristine crystals are the perfect replacement for your current refined salt. It works great in the kitchen while cooking, as well as finishing your dish at the table.

• Applewood: $6.99ea
Yakima smoked salt is flaked sea salt that is smoked over real Yakima Valley applewood from Washington. It is especially tasty on red meats, salmon, and seafood.

• Alaea: $5.99ea
This traditional Hawaiian table sea salt is used to season and preserve. It is delicious and structurally savory when used on prime rib and pork loin.

Easter Prepared Foods Menu Preview

Apr 1 2014

 

Easter is always a special holiday for Italians, a special opportunity for a truly Italian ‘Roman Holiday’. This year we have a trio of special items, made from scratch in our kitchens, and only made available during this special spring season.

PIZZA RUSTICA: This traditional savory pizza is hearty, delicious and most often served during the Easter holiday. Unlike the flatter surfaced pizza commonly made in homes and restaurants, Pizza Rustica resembles a pie that is filled with cheeses and meats, which may include ricotta, mozzarella, provolone, and Romano cheese combined with meats such as sausage, salami, and prosciutto, or perhaps mortadella and soppressata instead of the sausage and salami. The ingredients are then baked within a pie dough crust and covering. The dough may be either pastry dough without sugar or yeast dough, both of which encase a savory filling of meats and cheeses.

PASTIERA DI GRANO: In the Todaro household, it would not be Easter without Pastiera di Grano, also known as pizza granla pastiera, or grain pie.  The flavor and textures of Pastiera di Grano, chewy grains and creamy ricotta baked in a slightly sweet crust, are amazing. Its history dates back to where fresh ricotta was a seasonal luxury, and where sweets appeared only at holidays.

RICOTTA CHEESECAKE: Our authentic Italian Ricotta Cheesecake is out of this world. Much richer in flavor and deeper in texture than the the American cream cheese version, as Italians are more than happy to partake in the more crumbly consistency of ricotta cheese cake, any time.

We’ll be posting pricing and availability dates for these items soon.

The Cinnamon Trend: Sofi Award Watch 2014

Apr 1 2014

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Fresh off the presses: Cinnamon flavored products is emerging as one the bigger trends of the Sofi™ Awards, Specialty Food’s highest honor; so says Denise Purcell Editor of Specialty Food Media for the Specialty Food Association, who is also one of the award judges.

Our Todaro Signature Line has a number of ‘on trend’ items, including our all-natural Cinnamon Honey and Apple Cinnamon Barbecue Sauce.

While it’s hardly possible to claim this ‘trend’ as new, since Cinnamon has been floating around since biblical times, it is believed that this spice that is the bark of a small evergreen tree originates from Sri Lanka and has been shown to help with glucose tolerance in diabetics. It is an ingredient that crosses cultures, and that can be applied to savory foods like curry to sweet dishes like pies, ice creams and confections.

So jump on trend, and experiment with our Cinnamon products; we’ve also got ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks in our spice department.

Interesting in knowing more about what’s trending in the food world? Follow Denise Purcell on Twitter: @DenisePPurcell

 

April’s Todaro Specials

Apr 1 2014

jaquot_trufflesJaquot Classic French Truffles: Reg $4.98. Promo $2.98!

Jacquot Chocolatiers has practiced the art of chocolate making in France since 1920, and Jacquot Truffles exemplify the classic French chocolate truffle. The decadent chocolate filling is heavily dusted with super fine dark chocolate of the highest quality.

With the name and appearance of a very rare, highly prized delicious mushroom, the “Truffe” is a dark, rugged and dusted with cocoa powder. It makes a stunning gift!

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Torino Lady Fingers: Reg $2.98. Promo $1.49!

Torino crisp ladyfingers are imported from Italy. These delicate sponge cookies can be eaten alone as a petit four or as an accompaniment to ice cream or sorbet, but they really are best when soaked in a syrup and used as part of more complex desserts where their most famous usage is in Tiramisu, which means “pick me up” and is a rich dessert made of ladyfingers soaked in coffee, layered with a mascarpone/liqueur filling.

 

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Melegatti Panettone (2 lb): Reg $14.98. Promo $9.98!

In time for Easter comes Melegatti – A premium panettone import from Italy. One of Italy’s most popular panettone companies, Melegatti has been leading the market since 1894. This delicious product combines delicate dough with delicious raisins and candied fruit. it can be sliced and served straight out of the beautiful packaging, but also makes a great ingredient, like unrivaled French toast.

 

February 2014 Specials!

Feb 11 2014

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Busseto 8oz Black Pepper coated Salami  3.98 ea       reg 5.98

Busseto Gourmet Salamis are slowly air-dried and seasoned to perfection. Their truly authentic European recipes have made them a long-standing favorite of the gourmets. Tempt your taste buds with this bold dry salami rolled in black pepper for a flavor implosion. Perfect for picnics, antipasto platters, and sandwiches. Gluten Free.

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Presliced Citterio Milano Salame 8oz         2.98ea        reg 5.98

Citterio’s signature version of a long-time favorite. The rich, traditional flavor is brought out by natural, deliberately slow aging. Subtly seasoned, authentic with the taste and texture of coarsely ground cuts of fresh pork. Typical of hand-cut specialties made in old-country kitchens. Popular as an Antipasto with Italian bread, wine and cheese.

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Cello Premium Grill Pack Presliced Cheese 1.5lbs    5.98ea   reg 8.98ea

Cello Griller’s Choice Grill Pack and Premium Grill Pack contain pre-sliced cheeses making them a perfect, no fuss option for topping burgers, chicken, paninis and gourmet grilled cheese. The Cello Grill Pack includes slices of Fontina, Medium Cheddar and Asiago cheese, and the Premium Grill Pack includes slices of Pepper Jack, Cheddar and Swiss cheese. These grill packs are perfect for igniting summertime; they provide a convenient, seasonal entertaining option.

Cello Grill Packs are great for grilling and making sandwiches or paninis. Top juicy burgers and chicken, even melt into gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.

Todaro Bros.’ January 2014 Specials!

Jan 3 2014

Bleu D’auvergne Cheese

reg 12.98lb    now 998lb

This cow’s milk blue has a creamier taste than Roquefort, which is made with ewe’s milk. Bleu d’Auvergne is best served at room temperature and is perfect in salad dressings; its creamy texture is suited for melting. Also delicious spread over fresh breads, a crisp cracker or on a slice of apple!

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Italian Fontal Cheese
reg 998lb      now 498lb

This versatile northern Italian, Alpine gourmet favorite can be melted, shredded, or sliced and for grilled panini. It is a bit more mild and sweet than its aged cousin Fontina Valle d’Aosta. Pair with fresh fruit or dry salumi. Try as an ingredient for gratin potatoes or a delicious upgrade for your homemade pizzas!

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Soignon Plain Goat Cheese Spread
reg 4.98ea        now 2.49ea

Soignon® Goat Cheese Spread features a pleasantly mild, yogurt-like flavor with a fresh, crisp aftertaste. This goat cheese’s light and creamy, easy-to-spread texture makes it ideal for breakfast bagels and provides a unique alternative to mayonnaise for sandwiches. It also melts readily into hot dishes, adding a light and distinctive flavor to a variety of recipes.

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Highland Specialty Shortbread Cookies, 1kg
reg 20.98ea   now 12.98ea

This authentic Scottish shortbread import, draped in traditional Scottish tartan, is a delicious treat to be enjoyed on its own or dipped into a nice cup of  tea. They do not taste too buttery and rich, as some varieties of shortbread do. Crumbly, crunchy, and lightly sprinkled with sugar on top, their taste is mild, sweet and enticing. It is hard to stop at just one piece! 

Cotechino with Lentils: A Todaro New Year’s Tradition

Dec 26 2013

One of the enduring Todaro family traditions this time of year is cotechino con lenticchie, an ancient recipe steeped in tradition. Cotechino is a traditional, cooked, New Year’s sausage that was created in the town of Modena.  It is said that the pork represents the richness of life in the coming year; the lentils are coins. To eat Cotechino is supposed to bring fortune in the New Year with lentils bringing money.

We are now carrying both a fully cooked imported Cotechino ($14.98 ea) and a locally made fresh Cotechino, which needs to be cooked, for $10.98lb.

This delicious dish is a must at every New Year’s party. Enjoy!

Cotechino with Lentils (Makes 4 Servings)

8 ounces dried lentils
2 cloves garlic, peeled
12 fresh sage leaves
1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 cups red wine vinegar
1 large (approx. 2 lbs) cotechino sausage
salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

In a medium saucepan, bring 6 cups of water to a boil, and add 1 tablespoon salt. Add the lentils, garlic, and sage. Cook the lentils at a gentle boil until tender yet still firm, about 20 minutes. Drain and place in a medium bowl.

Add the olive oil and vinegar to the lentils and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Prick the sausage several times with a pin. Place in a large pot of cold water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to a very low boil, cover the pot and cook for 1 1⁄2 hours. Drain.

Spread the marinated lentil on a large serving platter to form abed for the cotechino. Slice the cotechino into 1⁄4-inch rounds, arrange over lentils, and serve.

December In-store Specials

Dec 11 2013

Champignon Cheese with Garlic
reg 13.98lb promo 6.98lb

Spice up your Brie with the popular, trendy tang of garlic and other fine herbs in our Brie with Garlic (Champignon de Luxe Knoblauch). Known for its health benefits, garlic enhances the taste of the double-cream, soft-ripened cheese. It’s not a mild cheese, but the natural flavoring of garlic to this cheese is a perfect combination. Added to this double-cream cheese, the savory taste of garlic is an ideal choice.

Our Brie with Garlic is destined to be a favorite at your next soiree. Melted on top of steak or bread, it will add that special something to any meal. Perfect with subtle-flavored red Bordeaux wines, or flowery strong white wines.

Istara Ossou Iraty
reg 19.98lb promo 16.98lb

From the same company that makes our ever-popular P’tit Basque, comes Istara. The generic name for this cheese is Ossau-Iraty, which refers to two rivers in the Basque region of France – the homeland of this spectacularly delicious cheese. Also called Brebis Pyrenees, which is simply French for Sheep Cheese from the Pyrenees, Istara has a smooth, slightly oily texture and a wonderfully sweet flavor with hints of olive, hazelnut and fig. Aged for 90 days.



Cave Aged Emmental

reg 14.98lb promo 9.98lb

Matured to perfection, Cave Aged Emmental is a special taste experience! Unlike traditional Emmental (also known as Swiss cheese), this one has a dark brown rind and a unique, nutty, full-flavored taste. It is manufactured by Emmi, master cheesemakers since 1782. Made in massive 200 pound wheels from pure, unpasteurized cow’s milk, this special “Swiss” is aged for at least twelve months in sandstone caves deep below the Santenberg in the Canton of Lucerne. Using ancient techniques, a constant temperature and humidity can be achieved in the caves all year round, ensuring perfect development of every cheese Emmi produces.

Homemade Goat Cheese Spread
reg 9.98lb promo 6.98lb 1lb minimum

Savory spread’s recipe will forever be a Todaro family secret, though its excellence should come as no surprise. Serve this tangy spread with homemade crackers.