Piccone’s Corner Opens Its Butcher Counter on NE Sandy
It’s been a year-and-a-half in the making, but the butcher shop and restaurant from Sandy-area pig farmer Austin Piccone has finally opened, selling custom cuts of heritage pork, lamb raised by Piccone, and steaks and chickens from small farmers in Oregon. The sausage window at Piccone’s Corner is open from noon to 3 p.m., serving house sausages and mushroom sandwiches on rolls, while the larger takeout food menu pulls heavily from Piccone’s Wallow & Root farm and other local producers: His pork shanks end up in arancini, while green wheat from the chef-adored Ayers Creek farm ends up in a salad with smoked and roasted carrots, carrot tops, and walnuts. Piccone’s Corner is stocked with names in the local industry, as well, from chef Nic Maraziti (Bar Casa Vale) to assistant butcher Noah Grobart (the late-great Old Salt Marketplace). Read more about the new restaurant here. [PoMo]
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