Lombardi’s Market, located on the quaint street in the heart of Mattituck which is Love Lane, will be celebrating its first summer at their newest location, which opened last September. The market offers abundance of homemade Italian grocery items with an essence of the North Fork.
I had the pleasure of meeting Lauren Lombardi, who among her family, owns and runs Lombardi’s Love Lane Market. I also met her mother and father during my visit. I love how the traditional Italian Market is so family-oriented, friendly, and has literally every Italian staple you could imagine. The Lombardi’s have been in the restaurant and full-service catering business for almost 40 yrs. “I grew up in the [family] business. The North Fork is a passion of mine and my family’s, and once the space became available, we immediately opened our market here,” says Lauren Lombardi. “It’s been a dream of mine to have a store on the North Fork and the community has been so welcoming.”
As you enter, you are greeted with classic Italian music, an abundance of food offerings based on family recipes, with a touch of the North Fork by offering local purveyor’s goods.
Moving into the summer, Lombardi’s plan is revolves around embracing all of what the North Fork has to offer. Expecting a busy season, Lombardi’s will be offering catering options and keeping up with the energetic summer season. The market specializes in Italian food, simply prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Local products from their North Fork neighbors sold at the market include Browder’s eggs, North Fork Sea Salt, Margene Farm produce, Charissa spices, Vines and Branches, Goodale Farms’ dairy, North Fork Potato Chips, Tate’s Bake Shop, Holy Schmitt’s Horseradish, and Backyard Brine to name a few. They are currently working with the North Fork Chocolate Company on a custom bar with their olive oil.
Their tomato sauce is Lauren’s grandmother’s recipe, who is 83 and still loves to garden and go to their restaurant in Holbrook where she oversees the sauce being made and daily kitchen prep. “Our sauce became very popular and our customers asked us to begin bottling it. 30 years later and 7 different flavors, we sell it across Long Island and select places in the Northeast. We sell them all in jars for $6.99 each. They are all natural, gluten free and we use only fresh ingredients. I love it because it’s so simple and fresh and can be easily used in recipes that call for jarred tomatoes or sauce. A good, quick meal as well. We currently have arraibiatta ( spicy), puttanesca, vodka, marinara, filetto di pomodoro, tomato and ️pizza sauce.”
The Lombardi’s are originally from a small town just outside of Naples, Italy. “We go in May when there is a big festival,” explains Lombardi.
Food items made on the premise include homemade mozzarella, pastas, sandwiches, tomato sauce, meatballs, and sausages. Their deli counter is an Italian culinary mecca within itself! Their kale salad is very popular. They also serve local wines at their charcuterie and wine bar. Grab a cup of coffee, a homemade Panini, and a slice of their Olive Oil Cake with Blood Orange and Gran Marnier for $2.50 a slice.
Lombardi’s has additional locations in Holbrook, Port Jefferson, and Patchogue. For more information, please visit www.lombardislovelanemarket.com