It’s been a while since we’ve checked in with Di Palo’s plan to expand next door. Lidia Bastianich’s go-to for Italian delicacies (foot-tall chocolate Easter eggs!) opened its wine shop last year and is aiming to finish expansion of the cheese shop next month. Lou Di Palo tells us he’s aiming to transform his family’s cramped digs of over 80 years into a proper Italian gastronomia selling prepared foods made from the store’s meats, cheeses, sauces, and condiments. That’s welcome news, considering that at the moment, the under-the-radar homemade lasagna is a steal at $5.99 per pound. And we’re hoping this means the stromboli (a greasy, thin-crust bomb of ham, prosciutto, salami, and cheese) will be more consistently available — at the moment it’s put out on the counter seemingly at random, and you have to call a day in advance to request it. Trust us, it’s worth it.
Photo: Everett Bogue