[Correct Dining by Wilfrid: June 22, 2009]
This was well worth the trip. Even on Metro North in the rain.
Yes, even on a rainy day, it's worth it. In addition to the Arthur Avenue market itself - an indoor paradise of butchers, offal-mongers, prepared Italian food stands, good produce and even hand-rolled cigars - there's a first rate Italian wine store, Mount Carmel Wines, a bargain Italian cheese vendor, Calandra's, as well as excellent fresh fish from Randazzo's.
Me, I was hunting goat.
I enquired at Pete's Meat Market. Oh yes, they had baby goat alright; produced the entire animal and hung it by its heels; asked me what I needed. At that point, you can't really order a chop, so I suggested a leg for roasting. I came away with the leg attached to a good part of the hindquarters. Thirty dollars, because baby goat is prized more than the adult of the family. I picked up a pound of sweetbreads too for about five dollars. Fresh figs aren't cheap either - 99 cents each, although I got a bargain on a small basket. I was down about forty dollars, but that goat was going to make more than one meal.
Calandra's, fortunately, always costs less than you expect. For about five dollars, I bought some fresh ricotta and a sizeable chunk of Parmiggiano Reggiano.