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Georgie Tedone Has Retired.

Why is this news? Because for the last, oh, 70 years she’s been making mozzarella in the wee hours, every day but Sunday, to sell in her family’s Williamsburg latticini. And on Saturdays, lordy on Saturdays, the roast beef…

I interviewed Georgie as part of an old-school Italian eating tour of Williamsburg I did for Time Out Kids. At the time, she told me she was never going to retire. I’m glad she did (that woman has worked longer than pretty much anyone I’ve ever known), but we miss her already. Two weekends ago Stephen stopped by for his regular ration of roast beef and found the store closed, no notice. We were concerned. And then, this past weekend he tried again, only to find workers dismantling the place. It was as if we’d lost a family member. Tomorrow morning is going to feel all wrong, without the nearly ritualistic trip to Tedone’s Latticini, then Napoli bakery across the street.

I hope Georgie’s sleeping in. She’s earned it.

The Modern Gastronomer has another tribute. I imagine there will be more.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Christopher Testani

    I know, a lot of people are really disappointed by this place closing. That Napoli/Tedone trip was ritual for my girlfriend and I. Thanks for the link to my blog too! Now the search for a suitable substitute begins…

  2. debbie koenig

    Thanks for stopping by, Christopher! I"ve heard good things about Pecoraro Dairy Products on Leonard St–supposedly you knock on the garage door before noon to buy–but haven't tried it yet. Guess I will, though, and soon.

    But a roast beef replacement? Not so easily done.

  3. Amy B.

    I don't really know her but I know how it feels when a pioneer's about to close. 🙁 But she well deserved it anyway and wow, that's really a long time! More power to her 🙂

    I want to share your post to my friends in Foodista who might probably know her. Just add the mozzarella widget at the end of this post and that should do it. Thanks and keep on blogging! xx

    Cheers from Australia,
    Amy @ Foodista

  4. Christopher Testani

    Will definitely have to check out Pecoraro Dairy, had not heard of it before. Thanks for the tip. I know Lorimer Market had an amazing house-roasted turkey breast. Haven't been over there in a while but I'm wondering if they have any good roast beef as well.

  5. debbie koenig

    I've never actually bought anything from Lorimer Market, Christopher! I go in and browse, and walk away empty-handed. It's the strangest thing.

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