My New York Food: Ruth Reichl

DiPalo’s Fine Food

“When I want to remind myself why I love my city, I head down to Di Palo’s in what’s left of Little Italy. I walk in and inhale the fine aroma of parmigiano and salami that fills the air, join the jostling customers trading recipes, and settle in to listen to Lou or Sal or Marie telling stories as they fill orders. Nobody has better cheese or fresher mozzarella (come early and it’s still warm), and nobody is more generous. I love this shop so much, I set part of my novel Delicious! here. Five generations of Di Palos have been selling cheese here for more than a hundred years, and just being around them makes me proud to be a New Yorker.” — Ruth Reichl

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Di Palo’s Fine Food

200 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

This story originally appeared in the Summer ’22 issue of Edible Manhattan. To be the first to see stories like this, subscribe to our print magazine here.

Illustration by Marcos Sorensen.