Piccolo Market in Moultonborough Offers a Taste of Italy

Inspired by the cuisine of Campania

In Italian, the word “piccolo” means small, but there is nothing small about the variety of delicacies available at the new delicatessen, Piccolo Market, on Rte. 25 in Moultonborough. Chef/owner Bill Bennett opened his deli with a small café in late December and has been adding delicious items to his menu ever since. Bennett, originally from Fairfield County, Conn., has been in the restaurant business all his life. After graduating from Connecticut Culinary Institute, he interned at La Provence in Norwalk, Conn. He previously owned Maestro’s in North Conway before opening Piccolo Market. His mother, a native of Savignano in the region of Campania, inspired Bennett to pursue the cuisine of her native land.

You may eat in or take the food to go. There are daily specials such as cabbage leaves stuffed with risotto and Bennett’s own house-made sausage or eggplant rollatini,  braciole or a calamari salad.

A recent addition is a fall-off-the-bone pork osso buco.

The deli specializes in all manner of Italian meats, including prosciutto, soppressata and mortadella. Mozzarella is made in-house, and a variety of Italian cheeses — pecorino, Parmesan and fontina — are ready for slicing.

The rustic sandwich bread comes from the Terra Nova Bakery in New York, and the sandwiches range from the Genovese (grilled eggplant, basil pesto, tomato, Piccolo mozzarella for $7.85) to the turkey all’aglio (Piccolo roasted turkey, homemade garlic-sage mayo, tomato, pancetta, fontina for $7.85).

House-made soups change daily.

Pizzas are made to order, and fresh salads such as the Calabrese (greens, tomato, roasted peppers, Crotonese cheese, assorted Italian olives and soppressata for $7.85) are also featured.

A catering menu is also available with lasagna, antipasti, braciole, sausage and peppers and more.

A market shelf in the deli section of the café offers pastas, olive oils, flavored vinegars as well as Italian specialty crackers.

Take note of the beautiful photos of Savignano and the Italian countryside that are tastefully displayed — all were photographed by Bennett.

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