Friday, February 02, 2007
Caputo's Fine Foods Dry Sausage
I'll admit it. I didn't go to 460 Court Street to Caputo's Fine Foods. I haven't been to Carroll Garden's in quite some time. Even when I first Googled it, I confused it with Caputo's Bakery, which is at 329 Court Street (718-855-8852). I assume that the Court is somewhere around there, but I'm too much of an annoying Manhattanite to really know. Having said that, I was glad that work friends of the Lovely Wife kindly brought not one, but two different types of homemade dry sausage to our house for the lovely wife's "Holiday" work party.
Given that I didn't actually go to Brooklyn, I rely on the internet and the descriptions of the Lovely Wife's work friend for Caputo's Fine Foods. The place sounds like a small Italian specialty place selling fresh mozzarella (for this I will have to take a trip, particauarly the Buffala mozzarella), ravioli, and sandwiches. Ed Levine (of New York Eats fame) puts Caputo's on his list of five greatest meatball heroes in New York.
The final kicker for my eventual trip to Brooklyn was eating the two dry sausages presented to me. The smaller one, a "toscano," was mildly moist, slightly spicy, and had a great pork flavor. I thought it was excellent. The "sweet sopresatta," slightly larger, was drier, and had a hint of both spice and maybe even a drop of sugar. It was a very good homemade sausage, clearly better than the sopresatta I usually buy at Zabar's. Tonight I went to Stew Leonard's with Boy 1 and Boy 2 and bought their sopresatta for comparison. Not even close (actually way worse than Zabar's too, if you ask my opinion.)
Although I have been planning a trip to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, the sausages I just ate from Caputo's may reroute my trip South to Carroll Gardens.