Citarella: Fresh Seafood from the Ultimate Gourmet Market
Don't confuse Citarella with citronella. The grocery store may not be quite as adept at warding off insects as the candle with a similar name, but it's one of the best when it comes to fresh fish – and good enough to earn a Luxist nomination in the best online seafood category.
Mike Citarella founded his eponymous store in New York's Sugar Hill section in 1912. The original location was a turn-of-the-century marvel, awash in sawdust and dotted with marble slab counters. Citarella eventually moved south to the present location at Broadway and 75th Street, building on an early reputation as a terrific seafood market.
In 1983, Joseph Guerra purchased the shop and started building the company into what it is today. The child of a family that owned a seafood shop, he developed relationships with the vendors at New York's Fulton Street Fish Market; within a few years he'd acquired his own wholesale operation at the famous seafood bazaar. In 1997, he expanded to the Hamptons, ensuring that New York's wealthiest could get their fix even when on vacation.
Today, that luxury is available to all Citarella customers through the company's website. Popular offerings include West Coast abalone, Spanish cuttlefish, Portuguese octopus and Maine lobster, all of which ship fresh to any location in the continental United States.
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