Written By Brittany Sirabella
The smell of freshly grated parmigiana and pecorino Romano cheese, the aroma of fried balls are just a few of the mouthwatering aromas that greet you, along with the workers as you enter Faicco’s Pork Store located in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. Established in 1910, it’s been family owned and operated for generations since. The Faicco’s take pride in tradition and authenticity and that is plain to see as soon as you walk in. The store is so neat and clean and the workers ensure that it is nothing less than pristine. The workers are always on the go and there is never an idle moment so that everything that needs to be done gets done. Every worker always has a smile on their face and is always willing to help you with what you need. They stick to the classic Italian way by being hospitable and friendly with all customers and consider them their cugini. They are always there for you when you need them and show genuine concern for their customers, like a true Italian.
Speaking of true Italians, walking into Faicco’s is like walking into an Italian haven. They have an array of salumi imported from Italy and formaggi as well. They also have a wide assortment of torroni, tartufi, biscotti and classic Italian beverages like Manhattan Specials (espresso) and San Pelligrinos (sparkling fruit flavored sodas). In addition to that, they also butcher their meat and make their own sausage and dried soppressata. They also do some coking as well, making it convenient for busy individuals to have an authentic, home-cooked meal. They have their own marinara sauce, braciole, eggplant parmigiana, chicken parmigiana, lasagna, baked ziti, meatballs, sausage and broccoli rabe, Stromboli rolls and for quick snacks, prosciutto balls, rice balls (creamy, bits of heaven), potato croquettes and lard bread all made with care. If that isn’t enough, there’s also a wide variety of various antipasti, such as tortellini salad, olives, artichokes, sundried tomatoes and roasted peppers. If you feel like spending some time in the cucina, they have a large variety of different meats, sauces (or gravy) you can use to make your own festa Italiana. If you’re in hurry or on the go, they will make you a sandwich with anything and everything you please and they are not cheap with the cold cuts either-here there’s no need to choose between quantity or quality. Everything they prepare is truly delectable and made with love by the cook who’s been there for over twenty years and it shows. Faicco’s serves only the highest quality and use only the finest ingredients and that along with their hospitality is what makes people return all these years (some have moved and come all the way from New Jersey because they say Faicco’s is truly the best and incomparable).
What is truly special about Faicco’s is that they are one of the last surviving Italian businesses in what is now a pre-dominantly Asian populated area. Their old school vibe and adherence to Italian tradition and values make the Faicco brothers truly one of a kind. What is truly admirable is the charity work they do. Louie, Eddie and Matty Faicco always give back and lend a helping hand in any way they can-whether it be donating food or their time to various charities and organizations-a quality true Italians possess. Faicco’s is special to me because their store has been there all of my life and has been a staple in it. I hope it remains open for years to come because it’s just what we need to keep the Italian culture alive and prospering! They give Italians a good name! We need more like them in Dyker Heights and beyond!