Mercato Cucina is officially open and ready to serve chef David Buico’s childhood favorites.
The Brooklyn-born chef and owner, his girlfriend and business partner Debbie Stone, Town of Huntington officials, family, and friends all joined together outside of the Italian marketplace to celebrate the momentous day.
An emotional Buico struggled to find the words to express his gratitude.
“I’m overwhelmed,” he said.
Soon after the ribbon-cutting, customers started flooding in.
If Chef Buico could describe his marketplace and kitchen in Huntington Station in two words, it would be “grandma’s house.”
Mercato Cucina is a physical representation of his childhood growing up in Brooklyn with his Italian grandmother, Clementina (also known as Mindy to those close to her).
Located at 1046 New York Ave., the grab-and-go kitchen offers a selection of fresh homemade pastas and sauces, fresh mozzarella, salumeria offerings, as well as an Italian-inspired breakfast and lunch menu.
Patrons can browse cans of tomato sauces, polenta, olive oils, meats, and cheeses while Frank Sinatra sings in the background.
For the full story on how Mercato Cucina came to be, check out our previous GreaterHuntington coverage below.
Scroll down for a sneak peek of the Italian food haven and scenes from its grand opening day.
Top: Chef David Buico, his girlfriend Debbie, town officials, family, and friends cutting the ribbon for the grand opening of Mercato Cucina, now serving Huntington Station.