PINO PRIME MEATS
Sullivan Street , GREENWICH VILLAGE , New York
Pino’s Italian Butcher Shop
Pino is the proprietor of Pino’s Prime Meats, a butcher shop on Sullivan Street in lower Manhattan. Pino’s establishment, with its hand-lettered signs and 19th-century fixtures, is a little piece of old New York, and sometimes it feels like a little piece of the Old World, too, as friends passing by the door sing out “Ciao, Pino!” (More Italian is spoken at Pino’s than in certain quarters of Florence or Venice.) Pino has been carving up sheep, pigs and cattle since he was a teenager in the Sicilian town of Castrofilippo, and you might say that meat is in his blood. When I asked him about his family, this was his answer: “My grandfather was a butcher. My father was a butcher. My brothers are butchers. My brother-in-law. My sister-in-law. My nephew and my other nephew—butchers. My son is a butcher.” And I, fool that I am, thought I could spend an afternoon at Pino’s side and learn how to take apart a steer. I might as well have tried to master rocket science by watching an episode of Lost in Space.
Picture of AL PACINO in CORLEONE SICILY
The SOPRANOS as Well
In the window at PINO’S
To watch Pino in action is to see an uncanny blend of brute strength and magic. With an unerring pass of his knife, he separates a thick layer of fat from the ribs as easily as if he were cutting a deck of cards. Moments earlier, though, when he took a hacksaw to those ribs, he leaned into it with a force that made me understand why he’d spent the morning in physical therapy. His shoulder has been bothering him since December, when night after night he stayed up late, sawing through bones to meet 182 orders for Christmas roasts.
FLORENCE PRIME MEATS
ITALIAN BUTCHER SHOP
Jones Street GREENWICH VILLAGE , NEW YORK
“HOME of The NEWPORT STEAK”
Our THREE NEWPORTS From FLORENCE MEAT MARKET, GREENWICH VILLAGE
A piece of Tri-Tip Sirloin in one piece didn’t sell well in Jack Obaldi’s butcher shop so Jack cut the Tri-Tip Sirloin into 3-4 individual Steaks from the one triangular cut of beef .. He named the Steak after the Nike-like logo on a box of Newport Cigarettes and the rest is history as they say .. Florence Prime Meat Market is still open on Jones Street in Greenwich Village and that’s where I get my Newports , either there or at Pino’s Prime Meats on Sullivan Street which cuts a Great Newport and makes tasty home-made Italian Sausages as well .. Pino’s is great, but I prefer and give an edge to Florence Market as they are the originator of the Newport and they look of the shop is much “Cooler” with all its original old fixtures …
Inside Florence Italian Butcher Shop with all its original equipment and decor.
Photos Copyright Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
Across the street from The Scorsese Family apartment on Elizabeth Street, Little Italy New York was the Scorsese family Butcher.
The Albanese Meats and Poultry Market had its humble beginning in New York City’s famous “Little Italy” in 1923.
Started by Moe-the-Butcher’s father and mother, Vincenzo and Mariannina (Mary), the Albanese Family has been serving the very finest meats and poultry for nearly 85 years.
In a part of the city overrun with butchers, pork stores, and Italian deli’s, Albanese Meats and Poultry distinguished itself by catering to their customers and exclusively serving many of the specialty meats and holiday favorites desired by the mostly Italian immigrant community at that time.
Then in the early 50’s, Moe, after finishing college, joined the family business, as the success of the store on Elizabeth Street allowed them to expand their footprint on the Lower East Side with another store near the Williamsburg Bridge.
Then with the untimely passing of Vincenzo in 1954, the new shop was closed and Moe put aside his aspirations of attending medical school to join his mother on Elizabeth Street. He’s been there ever since.
Mary and Moe worked together on Elizabeth Street for nearly 50 years until her passing at the age of 97 in 2002. Now, Moe carries on the business and the great family tradition- serving only the finest cuts of meat with the same enjoyment and enthusiasm as the old days.