Arnie’s Gourmet Butcher Shop & Culinaria
Cherry Hill, NJ
by: Kate Emick
Arnie’s Gourmet Butcher and Culinaria isn’t your average butcher shop. Not only can you buy top notch, fresh cut pork and beef at Arnie’s Gourmet, but the minute you walk in the aroma of an Italian kitchen is the first thing you smell and cases of prepared foods, deli meats, poultry, soups and seasonings line the walls.
The roots of Arnie’s Gourmet go back to the Italian Market in Philadelphia where Arnie Madrigale grew up working in the family business. In 1985, he moved to Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and opened his very own store specializing in dry aged beef, all natural poultry, and fresh seafood options. “…it’s all about the quality of the product and the love for food,” says Arnie.
At Arnie’s, customers are a part of a family. Everyone behind the counter is eager to help you pick out the best products and give you different options so you are getting more than just meats but a shopping experience. “I always had an infatuation with food and cooking,” says Arnie. His passion is to serve customers with all the different foods we love.
As a butcher, Arnie is an expert when it comes to various types of meats, but his passion lies with beef. He even has his own dry aging room. Arnie says “the most important thing to look for in beef is the quality.” At the butcher shop they are enthusiasts for Prime beef, the highest quality possible.
Arnie’s is more than just a butcher shop, with cases filled with gourmet cheeses, prepared foods, and homemade pastas, making it convenient for the customers. You can find refrigerated cases full of mac and cheese, meatloaf, lasagna, chicken parmigiana, crabmeat with pasta, and much more, all for a reasonable price. It’s so easy to grab something on the go and heat it up when you get home so you don’t have to worry about cooking dinner.
During COVID-19 thousands of people were rushing to the supermarkets to stockpile their pantries and freezers discouraging many others from making trips to the crowded aisles. Arnie’s Gourmet safely made their products available for curbside pickup and easy access to grab something quickly with less crowds. Arnie wants to help his customers as much as possible. “We’re all in this together, cooking together,” he says.
Seafood is another key product in the butcher shop. Arnie carries a variety of seafood from Salmon to Tuna, Scallops, and Shrimp all from Samuels and Son Seafood. Arnie says what he likes most about working with Samuels is that they are a phone call away, the product is always consistent, and there is never a problem with delivery or service. He says “Samuels knows how to cater to their customers.” Out of the forty vendors the butcher shop deals with, Samuels is one of their only vendors that they put all their eggs in one basket when it comes to seafood.
Arnie’s Butcher Shop has been serving customers for over thirty years with top-quality products and exceptional customer service. It’s more than just a butcher shop, at Arnie’s customers are family.
For more information, visit: arniesgourmet.com