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Groceries, Sandwiches

Mon–Fri 9:00am–6:00pm
Sat 8:30am–5:30pm

Features Kid-friendly, outdoor dining, veg-friendly
Bar None
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx


1153 Boston Post Rd.
Guilford, CT
(203) 453-4910
Forte’s Gourmet Market
Italian specialty market with nearly any cut of meat you desire

With Bishop’s Orchards in one direction and Star Fish Market in the other, Forte’s faces some steep competition in the small world of Guilford gourmet food shops. In addition to being the only truly Italian market (right down to their hours: they’re closed on Sundays), Forte’s literally carves out its niche by serving as Guilford’s only full-service butcher. If they’re out of a cut, they’ll recommended good alternatives and cut them to size for you. Fresh chicken livers, beef ground to order, and less-common cuts of pork point to butchers who know what they’re doing and who their customers are. An advance call will likely yield just about any cut of any animal you wish to cook.

The grocery selection is small, and the produce nearly non-existent, but the selection of prepared foods (mostly Italian) is impressive and fresh. The freezers hold lamb from local farmers like Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm, individually frozen beef Wellingtons, and sorbets. The selection of butters is wide-ranging, including Irish Kerrygold, black truffle butter, and a variety made with the leftover cream from parmesan cheese production. Several shelves are stocked with Italian canned vegetables, sauces, and dried pastas. You can also bring your own container and stock up on bulk olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Forte’s may be small, and you need to check their hours before stopping by, but it’s a worthy Route 1 resource for all your meat needs.

If, while running errands, you found that you’ve forgotten to eat, they make good sandwiches, salads, and wraps for you to munch on in the store or (more common) to take with you to your next shopping stop.

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