Sep-Jun: Mon-Sat, 8am-6pm; Sun, 9am-2pm; July-Aug: Mon-Sat, 8am-6pm; Sun, closed
D at 62nd St.; N at New Utrecht Ave.
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On an otherwise unremarkable stretch of warehouses and homes, Coluccio & Sons stands out as an Italian superette of exceptional merit. First-timers can be forgiven for grabbing more pasta than they can consume in a reasonable time—this store may have the broadest range in Brooklyn, from bulk artisanal varieties from Naples to hard to find shapes. The cheery, brightly lit and busy store doubles as an import and wholesale headquarters, stocking the house’s own brands of canned San Marzano tomatoes and fragrantly potent dried oregano, which can be found in many city Italian food shops. Behind the deli case, filled with bins of marinated roasted vegetables, mushroom salads and olives, are the treasures of the store: imported regional prosciuttos, salamis, pancettas, and many grades of granos, pecorinos, Parmigianos, sliced or grated while you wait. Bins of dried ceci and borlotti beans contribute to the old-time neighborhood feel, and sometimes there’s a giant, human-sized mortadella resting in a sawhorse cradle, waiting to be sliced. Ceramics, coffee and tins of tuna, sardines and anchovies all move through the store fast, and the prices are among the best in the city.