Faicco’s is a real butcher shop. The sausage, pork shoulder, tripe, and pig skin are here cut the old-fashioned way, by hand from whole pigs. The sausage – hot or sweet, with or without garlic, cheese, fennel or parsley – is deliciously fatty and full flavored the way sausage ought to be. It is great for frying in a pan with some Italian peppers or cutting up and cooking for the top of a round-the-world pizza.
Probably the best known irresistible specialty of this century-old Greenwich Village market is arancini, which are crispy balls of risotto impossible to stop eating.
In addition to meats, cheeses, salamis, and groceries for cooking and assembling meals at home, Faicco’s makes all kinds of food that is ready to eat (although it’s up to you to find a place to eat it): hot and cold Italian sandwiches on superb loaves of bread, roast pork, eggplant parmigiana, and folded-over pizzas, known as stromboli stuffed with cheese and spinach.