Decided to finally hit the old Italian mozzarella and meat shop on Metropolitan while its still around. It’s like how that older man, I met in my first food blog post, told me to go see Les Paul before it’s too late. Sadly I never got to see him perform …fortunately I learned my lesson. The famous 90 year old lady (great NYTimes audio interview/slideshow) was in there just like all the times I would walk by and look through the window. Another man was slicing prosciutto and handing us slices to taste. I asked if I can take a photo and the lady made a joke if her hair was presentable. Well, looks as good as mine. I think I can understand the Mozzarella Lady’s long youthful life. Just like Les Paul, she has a purpose for getting up to make the mozzarella everyday –to bring us happiness. And we depend on her for that.
The two people before me had grabbed bread from across the street at Napoli Bakery and brought them back for them to slice prosciutto and mozzarella directly onto, topped with marinated eggplant. Those costs $9, but looked fantastic, fresh and real Brooklyn Italian. I grabbed my 1/4 lb prosciutto ($4) and ball of the hand-made fresh mozzarella ($6) and went across the street to grab some bread at Napoli ($0.60) to make my own sandwich. Plenty of mozzarella left over, but not for long.
Speaking of Italian food shops on Metropolitan …we walked by our beloved Mario & Sons Meat Market, where they had a sign “We have Baby Lambs, Baby Goats & Rabbits for Easter.” Rusty thought they were actually live animals that you’d give your kids as pets for Easter. I had to remind him that it’s a meat market. I felt like I killed the Easter Bunny telling him that.
Tedone Latticini – 597 Metropolitan Ave (btwn Leonard & Lorimer St) Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Closed Sundays)
Napoli Bakery – 616 Metropolitan Ave Brooklyn, NY 11211