The Albanese Meats and Poultry Market had its humble beginning in New York City's famous "Little Italy" in 1923.
Started by Moe-the-Butcher's father and mother, Vincenzo and Mariannina (Mary), the Albanese Family has been serving the very finest meats and poultry for nearly 85 years.
In a part of the city overrun with butchers, pork stores, and Italian deli's, Albanese Meats and Poultry distinguished itself by catering to their customers and exclusively serving many of the specialty meats and holiday favorites desired by the mostly Italian immigrant community at that time.Then in the early 50's, Moe, after finishing college, joined the family business, as the success of the store on Elizabeth Street allowed them to expand their footprint on the Lower East Side with another store near the Williamsburg Bridge.
With his father close by his side, this is where Moe learned the trade and honed his skills as a Master Butcher- excelling in the art of skinning and butchering while formulating a keen eye for buying only the finest cuts of meat.
Then with the untimely passing of Vincenzo in 1954, the new shop was closed and Moe put aside his aspirations of attending medical school to join his mother on Elizabeth Street. He's been there ever since.Mary and Moe worked together on Elizabeth Street for nearly 50 years until her passing at the age of 97 in 2002. Now, Moe carries on the business and the great family tradition- serving only the finest cuts of meat with the same enjoyment and enthusiasm as the old days.
Daniel talks about were Marty grew up and where his Sicilian family hails from (Polizzi Generosa , Sicilia). Daniel's family, The BELLINO'S come from the nearby SICILIAN town of LERCARA FRIDDI in the Provence of PALERMO . The author mentions that his family the Bellino's who immigrated to Manhattan through ELLIS ISLAND in 1904 , lived in Upper Manhattan for a few years before his Grandfather Fillipo Bellino moved to Lodi, New Jersey with his wife Giuseppina Salemi where Fillipo opened a Shoemaker Shop on Main Street in Lodi ...
Mr. Bellino also mentions that the SINATRA FAMILY as well as one
CHARLES "LUCKY" LUCIANO were also from LERCARA FRIDDI and that the SCORSESE FAMILY as well as the SINATRA'S , BELLINO'S and LUCIANO'S all ate dishes on a daily basis in both Sicily and their new homes in Lower Manhattan New York , of which RECIPES for these Sicilian Dishes are in Daniel's SICILIAN COOKBOOK