My family and I had the good fortune of being able to drive to my cousin’s and spend Thanksgiving in the Boston area with all my cousins, aunties, and uncles. The big fun was that my brother and parents were flying in the day after Thanksgiving for the almost more important Italian Feast. My cousin Cheryl thought it best to have the American food on Thursday and the Italian food on Friday when my brother and parents came into town. On the way to pick up my brother at Logan I called my Auntie to ask if I could pick up the bread and save her the trip.
“Auntie, where do you get the bread?” I asked knowing that this is the most important task of the day.
“New Deal on Broadway.” She said. “Get two loaves, the ones they truck in from the North End. Get there before noon or it will be all gone, all gone it will be!” It was only 9:30 am so I would get there in time.
“Call me when you get the bread.” she said. In an Italian home the bread purchase was like a major mission. I assured her I would call her when the mission was accomplished.
Instead I called her to give her heck for never telling me about New Deal. When I walked into this local grocer I was hit with the fresh smells of produce. You can’t get that smell in modern grocery stores. I was overwhelmed with all the Italian offerings from crispy lady fingers, hanging cheeses and meats, fresh ricotta and mozzarella, to many other Italian treats. I have not stepped into a store like this since living in Europe. I picked the two loaves of the freshest bread I have ever seen and spied the Torrone an Italian candy I ate at my grandmother’s as a kid.
Torrone is a nougat candy filled with whole almonds and surrounded by a thin wafer like coating. I asked the guy behind the counter, Matt, if the Torrone was the real deal with the communion wafer on it. That’s what we always called that coating. He said that they don’t mess around and order this candy all the way from Italy and it is the soft nougat and not the hard. I bought half a pound wishing now that I bought more. The aroma was sweet and very vanilla the way it should be and the candy melted in my mouth as the almonds were crisp and fresh. After my purchase I told Linda, one of the employees, that I would be back with my brother as we do not have this type of shop where we live in Virginia. She then took me for a tour of the store and showed me a picture of the original shop 50 years ago. Domenic Petruzzelli you have a gold mine here, I only wish I lived closer. Do you ship?
I did as I promised and after getting my brother from the airport we returned to New Deal for some more shopping. We circled the store 3 times to be sure we saw everything we could see. The fruit selection is like none other; very fresh and reasonable. We spent a lot of time oohing and aahing over the other items. I bought two packages of lady fingers, the crispy kind, to make a nice dessert for Christmas, that is if they make it that long. I have been known to eat an entire package with a cup of tea! When I return to Revere, I will be sure to bring and empty suitcase to load up on some other treats from New Deal. Oh and I will be sure to go back for their subs as they have been rated the best in town, at least according to my cousin, a foodie and restaurateur.
Before leaving New Deal, we asked Linda if there were good Italian pastries around. She directed us to Luberto’s right down the street from where we were. She raved over their pastries. We were in. Luberto’s is right down Broadway in Revere. Rob and I got a sample breakfast of a cannoli, pizza, and a Black and White, my favorite cookie as a kid. We were in heaven as we sampled and ate every crumb. Everything was exquisite. The Black and White Cookie was soft and spongy and the frosting’s perfectly flavored and fresh. It is the best I have ever had since I was a child.
I always wanted to have an oil done of me with a cannoli in one hand and a Black and White Cookie in the other but I would have preferred to be surrounded by Roman gods feeding me the pastries and my not having a double chin.