The Original Eataly is Actually an 18-Year-Old Supermarket on the Upper East Side

The Namesakes: Agata Musco and her daughter Valentina know their groceries.

A big bite of Anne Saxelby’s fresh goat’s milk ricotta — literally! she made it front of our eyes — at last night’s Lopate and Locavores event reminded us to remind you that if you haven’t yet been up to see if Agata & Valentina is all that, as we claim in our new issue of Edible Manhattan, you really should.

Unless you just really don’t like killer extra virgin olive oil; fresh mozzarella handmade on the half-hour; Ragusana sausages stuffed with pork, veal, cinnamon, garlic, lemon zest and currants; brick oven square pies made or freshly squeezed blood orange juice, the Sicilian supermarket at 79th and First Avenue is pretty spiffy. Want proof? Read the piece, take a trip on the 4-5-6 train and let us know.

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