DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine at Pike Place Market sells an international array of gourmet foods with an emphasis on Italian and other Mediterranean products that can help satisfy your desire for culinary exploration. The Delaurenti store located at the southwest corner of First and Pike offers an astonishing selection in a relatively small space, including wine, cheese, cured meats, olive oils, cookies, chocolate, and a whole lot more.
DeLaurenti offers the largest selection of cut-to-order cheeses in the city. The friendly and knowledgeable staff encourages you to try-before-you-buy and can answer all of your questions about cheese and any of the other goods they stock. Food tastings and Wine tastings are held every weekend. These tastings are free and open to the public and feature products straight from the Delaurenti shelves.
In 2005, DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine conceived the nonprofit Seattle Cheese Festival. Believing that tasting cheese is the best way to experience it, DeLaurenti owner Pat McCarthy and cheese manager Connie Bennett wanted to bring their cheese counter to the street. With the help of sponsors and individual cheese producers, the Seattle Cheese Festival offered free tastings to the public. In its first year, DeLaurenti was awarded the Gourmet News Retail Leadership Award for establishing the Seattle Cheese Festival. The Festival—an event not to be missed—is held in May along the cobblestones that line Pike Place Market and presents more than 250 cheeses from local and international producers.
Features of DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine
- Largest selection of cut-to-order cheeses in the city
- Local and imported cured meats including prosciutto, salami, and ham
- Plenty of gourmet foods including an extensive selection of olive oil, chocolate, cookies, fresh and dried pastas, condiments, sauces, and pickled foods
- Hard to find specialty foods such as truffles in season and foie gras
- An impressive selection of artisan breads
- An entire floor devoted to fine wine and beer
- Monthly newsletter to keep you informed about new items on store shelves, in the deli, and in the upstairs wine shop
- Seasonal recipes by the DeLaurenti staff are featured on their website
Originally called Pete’s Italian Grocery, the store was located downstairs in the market and owned by Pete DeLaurenti, in a space once run by his wife’s mother, Mae. In 1973, his son Lou bought the store, moved it upstairs to its current location, and changed the name to DeLaurenti Italian & International Foods. In 2001, the three owners of Pagliacci Pizza, including Pat McCarthy (grandson of the Gai Bakery family) wanted to purchase the store. Change often doesn’t come easy to Seattle. The Pike Place Historical Commission voted narrowly to approve a “change of use” application. To close the deal, McCarthy had to agree to several conditions, including to run the business in the style that it has always been run and for the owner-operator to be on the premises. McCarthy closed the store in 2003 for a remodel. Happily, the updated store retains the feel of the 60 year old Seattle institution.
Gift cards are available online and will be mailed to the recipient for free.
DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine,1435 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101. Google map. Phone: 206-622-0141 Toll Free: 800-873-6685. Open seven days a week. Mon-Sat: 9:00am-6:00pm, Sun: 10:00am-5:00pm.
Convenient parking while shopping at DeLaurenti is available in the Public Market Parking Garage at 1531 Western Avenue. Google map. The garage offers covered parking and is connected to the Market’s Main Arcade by an elevator and skybridge.