Best Gourmet Grocer/Food Hall
The Readers Choice nominees for Best Gourmet Grocer/Food Hall include one that started out with a small store in Texas and today, has more than 270 stores in North America and the United Kingdom. An Ohio-based nominee is family-owned and operated that is recognized for its great food and service. Two nominees are New York institutions offering gourmet foods from around the world. Last, but not least, there's an opulent Food Hall in London that is known worldwide for the sheer volume and selection of its international goods all presented in breathtaking displays.
Dean & DeLuca
Dorothy Lane Market
Harrods Food Hall
Best Online Gourmet Food
The Readers' Choice nominees for the Best Online Gourmet Food include a New York institution with a staff that travel the world in search of great artisan-produced foods. A Seattle-based nominee was launched by a group of passionate food-lovers committed to the best artisan-produced, sustainable foods while another nominee is a family-owned operation that originated from three generations of cheese importers. A Michigan-based nominee is a collection of local businesses, each with its own food specialty. Finally, the Philadelphia-based nominee celebrates the European roots of its two founders with a wide array of gourmet meats, cheeses, oils, and other goods from around the world.
Dean & DeLuca
Di Bruno Brothers
Zingerman's Mail Order
Best Caviar Retailer
The Readers' Choice nominees for Best Caviar Retailer include award-winning brands from Europe and the United States with each offering the highest of quality. Several offer some of the finest Russian caviar to be found, while one is a proponent of sustainably harvested roe with its own tank-farming system.
Caviar House & Prunier
Tsar Nicoulai Caviar
Best Bread Bakery
The Readers' Choice nominees for Best Bread Bakery include companies that have been producing bread for decades. One opened more than 70 years ago and is now an institution in Paris, while another was launched in Belgium before expanding around the world. A Los Angeles-based nominee has developed more than 100 varieties of award-winning breads. The Philadelphia-based nominee features artisanal breads and the baked goods of the Ann Arbor-based nominee are known throughout the Midwest.
La Brea Bakery
Le Pain Quotidien
Best Cheese Shop
The Readers' Choice nominees are among the most respected shops in the world. These cheese shops, offer a full range of both international and domestic artisanal cheeses. They are the destinations for serious cheese lovers and chefs who are in search of the best.
Neal's Yard Dairy
Filed under: Dining
Di Bruno Bros. is nominated for a Luxist Award in the Best Online Gourmet Goods category. It got its start way back in 1939 when two Italian brothers, Danny and Joe Di Bruno, after emigrating from Italy, decided to open a grocery in in the Italian Market in Philadelphia. Their dream was focused around family and community. "A smile doesn't cost you anything," Joe would tell his grandsons. Their store became a touchstone for the community; each customer that walked in the store was treated like family.
Eventually, the store turned from a traditional grocery to having more gourmet imports in honor of the brothers' European roots. Their business and the Di Bruno reputation in the community has continued to grow over the years, and now in addition to the original storefront in the Italian Market there are three other Philadelphia locations and an online shop that makes their products available nationwide. It remains a family business to this day.
To this day, nothing compares to the Di Bruno Bros. experience. The brothers' dedication to culinary pioneering still drives the company to provide the most authentic foods from traditional, artisanal producers, and extraordinary selections of traditional gourmet specialty products that include imported cheeses, charcuterie, oils and vinegars, antipasta and much more.
Di Bruno Bros. also has a line of original creations. Di Bruno Originals includes handmade cheese spreads, gift sets, and a Private Collection that includes such delicacies as Di Bruno Barrel-Aged Balsamic Vinegar and Di Bruno White Truffle Honey. They've also made headlines for their homemade Burrata, which is an Italian-style cheese with a mozzarella shell on the outside and soft mozzarella curd and slightly whipped cream on the inside, Said to pair well with champagne and sweet white wines, it comes in several flavors in addition to the traditional century-old recipe.
Di Bruno Bros. continues to be family-owned and operated, with the original storefront standing proudly at 930 S. 9th Street in Philadelphia's Italian Market. In 2004, Di Bruno Bros. expanded their family, adding a store on Chestnut Street in center city Philadelphia. The company's most recent location opened in 2008 in the Comcast Center as the centerpiece of the market in Philadelphia's tallest building.
Vote now for what you believe is the best of breed in Gourmet Foods. Readers' Choice Awards for Food will be announced on November 30th.
Gallery: More from Di Bruno Bros.