Post by: Kim
So I realize that I’m sticking my neck out here and taking you into the belly of the food-centric beast: Park Slope, Brooklyn. But hear me out. This is no ritzy grocery store, no trendy, family-friendly eatery, and only has the slightest, well-earned air of pretension. Tiny and crammed with every conceivable Italian import, Russo’s main draw is not its shelved goods but its cheeses, pastas, olives, and breads. Prices are moderate, especially considering what you’re getting (you can pick up a still-warm, salted ball of house made mozzarella cheese for about $8) but, much like consuming huge amounts of cheese, this is a special occasion market for me. I won’t be picking up fresh bread daily or even making a weekly shopping trip but its well worth the train ride when I need a specific, hard to locate ingredient for the holidays or to make a special meal.
Boxes of fresh pastas are on offer for self service as are an assortment of olives, and a good selection of pre-cut cheeses and fresh breads.
Russo’s provides good quality ingredients at reasonable prices without the trendiness and expense of the recent crop of specialty stores that seem to be taking over the Brooklyn food market. Although it’s not something I have access to everyday, I like to have a short list of stores like this on reserve for special occasions and long Saturday morning walks that call for a fresh baguette for breakfast à la Parisienne.
Russo’s Mozzarella and Pasta
363 7th Avenue, Park Slope (Brooklyn)
(The photos in this post were taken by my husband, Jon)