Farewell, Joe Parisi

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

For more than 20 years I've been writing about the importance of family-run food businesses who are still dedicated to excellence in our food culture. So when we received an email that Joe Parisi, the heart of Parisi Bakery on Mott Street passed away, we felt compelled to give him and his business a shout-out.

We often have a Parisi sandwich for lunch at World Headquarters, and they are always intensely satisfying (not to mention humongous). Parisi's Chicken Parm feeds at least two people, and it is seriously delicious, as is the classic potato and egg combo. And when we needed muffaletta rolls for our Sweet Life festival sandwich, they made them fresh for us so that we could pick them up at 4 in the morning on our way to DC.

We send our best wishes to the entire Parisi family, and offer our condolences for their loss. We'll miss you, Joe.

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