Legendary Little Italy Butcher Moe Albanese Battling COVID-19

Posted on: April 8th, 2020 at 5:04 am by

Moe Albanese, longtime Little Italy butcher and fixture of Elizabeth Street, is fighting for his life. The nonagenarian is struggling due to complications from COVID-19 infection, according to his granddaughter.

“As I write this now, my grandfather is at the hospital due to complications from covid-19,” his granddaughter Jennifer Prezioso wrote on Instagram. “Moe is certainly a fighter and has been through more than you or I ever could. I just wish I was there to hold his hand, to stroke his forehead, to lay in bed with him, like I have been for the past two weeks as we recovered together.”

The Albanese family has run the Albanese Meats butcher shop since 1923. It’s an old-school shop that maintains its charm amidst a sea of upscale boutiques. These days, though, you’re more apt to see it onscreen than serving sides of meat. The store was featured most recently in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and also The Godfather III.

Albanese turns 96-years-old this month.

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