Finally, an Italian market on the Island chocked full of cheese, breads, dried and cured meats – olives galore, pasta, and massive cans of plum tomatoes. There’s homemade mozzarella and a nice selection of olive oils, wines, imported artichokes and roasted peppers. They also sell a few of Michael’s fresh sauces - tomato and Bolognese. Two days notice can get you branzino (my personal favorite fish) and if you fancy a veal chop just call ahead. My next fingers crossed hope is that they will have “dishes to go” or maybe pre-made ready to pick-up, bring home and call your own (now who would ever do that?). Maybe a few desserts? The whole marketplace concept started when attendees of Michael’s cooking demos wanted to buy the ingredients he used during class. Makes total sense, rather than traipsing around the Island not finding everything, the Market was born. Each week there are new and interesting “finds” in the store.
How expensive is it? Hmmmm...That’s somewhat like; how long is a piece of string? For instance, a bag of fresh pasta at $9.00 might feel a bit pricey but it’s well worth it being lighter in texture for one thing. Plus I'm a firm believer of "you get what you pay for!" and "you can't put a price on quality."
So while you might take an initial gulp, you forget the expense when you al dente it up and pour Michael’s tomato sauce over it (don’t don’t over cook this pasta...please. If it’s possible to commit a sin against a starch...overcooking it would be cardinal).
The 6lb cans of Alta Cucina plum tomatoes that grace the shelves are things of beauty and the contents produced the best sauce I ever made – even possibly a contender for the “Do you call it sauce or gravy?” competition at the Italian Heritage Food Festival on September 25th at the Shelter Cove Park.
Grazie to all at Michael Anthony’s for opening a well needed specialty store on the Island.
Michael Anthony's Restaurant and Market
37 New Orleans Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
843 785 6272