“Every day Paul Cortese makes fresh mozzarella, whips up marinara and pesto sauce, and, along with his staff, creates the many savory specialties of an authentic Italian home. Now and then, he pops out of the kitchen to greet customers. His store and deli, A & S Fine Foods at 128 Bowman Avenue in Port Chester, opened in December, and quickly attracted a large following who enjoy the food as well as the service.
Cortese may be a newcomer to the neighborhood, but when it comes to Italian food, he’s a pro. He acquired his taste for the business in 1980 at the A & S in Yonkers, and has successfully run the A & S in Croton for the past 19 years. His passion for food spans generations. His grandparents were born in Bari, Italy, and both his grandfather and father were in the business.” – Georgetta L. Morque, The Rye Record