When I moved to Mendham, I felt like a fish out of water. I knew 1 person in the town and my kids were babies. The very first recommendation made to me, “You have to go to Burrinis”. So I did. The sights sounds and wonderful aromas were so comforting, it felt like, well, home. After many years of enjoying the treats of this magical market, I sat down with Pete Burrini.
Originally Burrinis was a butcher shop in Mendham peacefully sharing the mini mall with several small businesses and Kings Supermarket. By 1993, some shady paperwork and a competition clause had forced the family to rethink their home. Pete’s father, the master butcher had a following, they had added a kitchen to fulfill the family’s vision to begin catering and specialty dishes, and some prime real estate was available in Pete’s hometown, Randolph.
Today Burrinis is double the size it was when they moved in, nearly completing renovations, serving some of the best prepared cuisine and hosting one the most diverse grocery selections in all of Morris County while maintaining that old world market feel. I highly recommend allowing generous time to savor every specialty Burrinis has to offer. Starting with the seafood counter, not only do I consistently get the best salmon I have ever tasted, but the selection of shellfish is beyond compare. Moving down to the butcher counter, I am always greeted with a smile and excellent customer service. Right around the corner is prepared foods, including a sushi bar, an amazing salad bar, a grab and go hot food bar including a savory soup selection and one of my new favorites, a smoothie bar. The “Burrini Greenie” is perfect after the gym and great natural energizer. While waiting for the smoothie I always check out the imported cheeses, and continue to the shelves of fine Italian imports. The far corner of the market houses a great selection of gluten free treats opposite the frozen and refrigerator section chock full every day. There’s fresh produce, a coffee bar, and my kids’ favorite, a bakery boasting every cupcake flavor you can imagine and arguably the best Italian bread for miles.
All of this is truly amazing to take in, but what got me, and drove me to want to know more, was the level of customer service I experienced every time I have stepped foot in the place. Everyone is happy to help, share a smile or suggest a daily special. One employee had me convinced to submit a resume. Three generations of Burrinis have helped establish this wonderful market for the last 47 years, a tradition and a legacy you don’t see every day.
If you are not craving after reading this, I suggest you check your pulse, or simply head on over to Sussex Turnpike and visit. Check their weekly specials online and extensive catering menu. We are just around the corner from "May Days" where the deals are hot and Burrini's famous hot dog cart brings you back in time where $1 gets you a hot dog and a soda. Let Burrinis make you next holiday, special occasion or this evenings meal something truly special.
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