This Italian meat market draws crowds to a quiet corner of Roslindale for one thing: homemade sausages. Vivacious Tony DeBenedictis, a Neapolitan immigrant who speaks with a thick accent, makes hot and regular sausages by hand every Wednesday and Thursday (as such, these are the best days to visit). The 73-year-old claims that he doesn’t have a secret recipe—just a lot of love, a dash of salt and a sprinkle of pepper, preferably while opera music warbles in the background. Tony also loves to ballroom dance, which keeps him energized for sausage-making. In addition to his dancing workouts, he attributes his neighborhood success to honesty and hard work: “You get it back from people,” he says. He’ll celebrate 50 years in business next year and says that “if God is good, I’ll keep going,” which is happy news for the legions of loyal customers who have journeyed to his store since it opened. In addition to his handmade sausages, he stocks a variety of imported meats and cheeses. He’s closed on Sundays and Mondays, because as he admits, “I’m 73! I can’t work every day.” His family also assists him at the store from time to time, but Tony’s still in charge of those sausages.
Photo: Jeffrey Trunell