I came to this country 20 years ago for work. I was an accountant with Ernst & Young and they transferred me from Rome to the NY office. This to say that when I came to New York, with no support from cooking friends and family and with no clue of even how to boil pasta, my safe heaven was Balducci's in the Village (the only location at the time, before they were purchased and destroyed by financial investors), where I would go often even if it was far from home. I remember them dearly.
With much sorrow, I read this article, which says they are in the process of closing "underperforming" stores in Ridgefield, CT, in Lincoln Square and Chelsea in New York City and in Washington, DC. Are there any Balducci's stores left?