Faicco’s Italian Specialties
Faicco’s Italian Specialties is a long time survivor. It is one of those wonderous food stores on Bleecker Street that has been in continuous operation for over a century. It’s been doing business on that special block of Bleecker street for 119 years, they not only survive, but thrive.
These used to be called “Italian Pork Stores”. They were ubiquitous like Italian bakeries. At least one in every neighborhood, but now there are only a few left. This is a family shop. While it has global reach, the PEOPLE who work here are famly. The second time you go there, you are recognized. By the third time you’re having conversations with them.
Faicco’s shelves are stocked from ceiling to floor with all kindsa REAL AUTHENTIC Italian specialty foods imported from little corners of Italy.
It’s a small, Narrow, deep store with an incredible amount of stock. To the left are Olive Oils and Condiments, to the right a wide variety of home made sausages and meats to cook. Prepared food, breads, confections, pasta are apparently scattered all over but with some kind of logic in mind – because they’re always in the same places. There is a system to this epicurian madness!
In the back are cooked home made roasts and Italian Specialty meats, cheeses and cold cuts. They make their famous sandwiches here, This is my destination.
While they have a sandwhich board, in New York City, the default is to order what I want and they make it in front of my eyes, unlike most other places in the country.
Notice the home made rice balls, and in the freezer below are prepared dishes like Chicken Fracaise, Meatballs, Chicken Parm, home made ravioli…. On Saturdays they have fresh baked sausage bread.
The freshly roasted meats – Pork Loin, Rare Roast Beef, Porchetta are sublime.
I order one of my “usuals”, a roast beef hero with provolone, roasted red pepper, sun dried tomatoes, oil and vinegar on a HERO.
Notice the home made Proscuitto Bread.
Topping it off with roasted red peppers and sun dried tomatoes.
And there’s my Hero!
This is enough for at least two meals, sometimes 3. $14.
Most of the Bleecker street tours go to Faicco’s for the sandwiches. They have that, and so much more! I love their sausage bread too. They have delicious tarallo, which i’ve only been able to find in southern Italy – and on Bleecker Street at Faicco’s.