The Deli Dish

July 13, 2022

Comté at the Deli

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Incredible Mountain Cheese from Eastern France Comté is one of France’s oldest cheeses and one of last strong bastions of traditional cheese making. A great Comté will be buttery, softly nutty, intensely excellent without going over any edge. All our Comté comes to us from Marcel Petit, the firm that’s been […]

March 24, 2022

6-Year-Old Banyuls Vinegar

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A superb, little-known specialty from the South of France If you don’t yet know about Banyuls vinegar, let me introduce you. It’s one of my longtime favorites. While Balsamic continues to dominate headlines and sales statistics, Banyuls, I believe, is one of the most underrated vinegars we’ve got. Much less […]

July 1, 2021

Seigneurs des Baux Olive Oil from the South of France

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A limited edition oil from France’s “magic olive” Back in 2005 I was over in the south of France, in the region of Provence, visiting the Castelas mill run by the husband-and-wife team Jean-Benoît and Catherine Hugue. They grow organically on their 45-hectare farm in the Appellation d’Origine Protégée (AOP) region of […]

July 1, 2021

Cuvée César from the Alziari Family

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Special limited edition of single-farm French olive oil Back in the 1980s, in the early years of doing business at the Deli, extra virgin olive oil was still pretty much a secret in the U.S., barely understood even by folks who worked with food for a living. When we opened, […]

April 24, 2021

Mons 1924 Blue Cheese from France

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A terrific taste of “traditional Roquefort” and the Roaring Twenties The year was 1924. It was roughly four years after the winding down of the Spanish flu pandemic. Women were winning the right to vote throughout much of the world. In New York, the Harlem Renaissance was in full swing. In […]