Life would not seem complete without great Italian markets and bakeries so you can imagine my excitement when I discovered Ferrucci’s Old Tyme Italian Market right here in Lake Norman! (Yes, I know this isn’t about real estate but once in a while I need to have some fun! Besides, I want to reassure anyone considering relocating here, especially from New York, that you will be able to get all of your favorite foods right here in Lake Norman).
A true test of whether an Italian market is good is how long you have to wait. As you can see, Ferruccis passed this test with flying colors. However, the service is great so truly the wait is well worth it.
It is amazing how much is packed into this relatively tiny store. They have a complete deli with wonderful ˜Italian inspired sandwich creations, delicious salads like fresh mozerella and tomato with basil, olives, and an excellent selection of deli meats and cheeses.
Their fresh meat section ˜Tonys Butcher Shop offers USDA Choice beef, homemade Italian sausages, pork, veal, lamb and poultry many of which are ready to cook. Their boneless leg of lamb with garlic cloves can be popped right in the oven. Or, for summer, they now offer ready-to-grill kabobs, marinated steaks and more.
They also sell bottled and canned goods, olive oils and vinegars.
Holidays are always special at Ferruccis. For Valentines Day they offered a 3-course meal: Maine Lobster Bisque, Beef Wellingtons and Chocolate Raspberry Cheese Cake. For Easter they offered Leg of Lamb, Kurobuta Spiral Ham, an authentic meat pies, colomba pasquale Easter dove bread, Pignoli Cookies, and for April whole dressed rabbits and Ashley Farms chickens.
With so many ready-to-cook meals and all of the extras there is truly little excuse for not cooking a great meal. But, they also have an extensive Catering Menu for those who truely want to be spoiled. From buffet trays to cold party platters to salads, there are plenty of options for entertaining as well.
Ferrucci’s does not bake their own breads so here are a few highly recommended Italian Bakeries: Nonas Sweets In University City, Jimmies Sweets in Matthews (more than 60 flavors of pound cakes!), and Down Home Baking Companywhose baked goods are available at area farmers markets .
Ferruccis Old Tyme Italian Market is located at:
Shops on the Green
20910 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius, NC, 28031, 704.896.3190
Arrivederci! (I don’t know about you but I’m HUNGRY!)