Prepared Food Paradise

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By Nancy J. Brandwein

In Sex and the City 2, Carrie tells Big that he won’t find her in the kitchen, only ordering delivery. Well, if I had the fantasy life that is Sex and the City, I’d probably order in every day from Agata & Valentina, the version of Zabar’s, albeit with its own Sicilian slant. What pristine produce! What perfect prepared foods! And happily, one can stroll through the aisles without being part of a human conveyer belt of shoppers. Sure, things are a wee pricey, but not what you’d expect, given the locale.

Photo by Daniel S. Burnstein

My torta pasquelina ($4.50) was a bargain. This pie slice of spinach and egg quiche in bread crust was more lunch than snack—and more spinach than egg, for Popeye fans. I also ordered one-third of a pound of garlicky roasted red potatoes ($8.99/lb) and ate both in the cozy corner coffee bar/caffe, with fixtures and floor tiles imported from Agata’s hometown of Catania. According to Ed Levine in New York Eats, you can still see cat paw prints in a few tiles. A&V notably creates everything on the premises, including the mozzarella cheese you can watch being made every half hour. Entertainment and delicacies: Maybe Big should have come to A&V instead of watching TV.


Agata & Valentina
1505 First Ave. at East 79th Street
212-452-0690

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