The modest storefront on a corner by the railroad tracks in Chappaqua belies the treasure trove inside: The Chappaqua Village Market, a full-service gourmet shop with a butcher case, prepared foods, and gourmet groceries that's been in the Milazzo family for 32 years. It's the place to come to when you need chicken for dinner or local, organic eggs for breakfast. Four full-time chefs prepare housemade frozen puff pastry hors d'oeuvres, as well as slaws, green beans, and salads that are sold by the pound. The Milazzos even batter and deep-fry the chicken fingers. 'Our motto is if it swims, walks, climbs, flies or grows, we can get it for you,' says Tony Milazzo, the second of three generations of owners. The family is known for filling special orders—they sell 700 turkeys over Thanksgiving, and they recently began a delivery service—but they started out as 'meat people.' And they still are. Butchers in white shirts and green aprons bustle in front of old fashioned wooden letters that spell out M-E-A-T. 'We're old-school,' says Vincent, a third-generation Milazzo. 'We take great passion in what we do and we don't compromise.'
This shop’s biscotti are a family affair—the recipe has been handed down for generations. The dough is made in small batches to ensure quality. The end product is nothing less than twice-baked heaven served up in a crisp and sweet cinnamon-vanilla-almond-flavored slab.