Thursday Doors

Some doors are fancy or architecturally engaging, but this door is pretty commercial and rather ordinary.


Behind this simple door though are items that can cause your taste buds to cross over into the land of deliciousness. This is Micucci Grocery in Portland, Maine. Micucci’s is known in the area for its fine Italian groceries, deli, and bakery items.

For my family, it is known for their Sicilian slabs of pizza with delicious soft crust, a sweet tomato sauce, and a simple cheese topping.


We visited Portland yesterday and came away with a slab for dinner, slabs for the freezer, and we also delivered to a friend in Portsmouth. Hey, we know good pizza, are willing to share, and it sure brought a smile to his face.

If you are ever in the Portland area and want to enjoy a slab of Sicilian pizza, this is your destination. After you park your car in their small private lot (yes, parking is not an issue) glance at the building next door that is adorned with this beautiful mural.

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A trip to Micucci’s is a gastronomical delight with a serving of art on the side.

If you’re going to Micucci’s, remember you might as well get a loaf of Luna bread when you’re done boxing your slabs. Then stop at the freezer section and pick up a pint of that sweet red sauce, some pasta, and their home-made meatballs to go with it. And as you head to the checker,  you almost pass by the deli counter where there is some delicious looking pepperoni and smoked mozzarella cheese. Well, I might as well make my trip worth while. 🙂

Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors on February 18, 2016.


Micucci Grocery, 45 India Street, Portland, ME, 04101       “For over 60 years, three generations of the Micucci family have been offering the finest imported Italian foods. At Micucci Grocery you will find premium imported foods, a quality wine selection, a full deli and the famous Sicilian pizza.”

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40 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. reocochran says:

    Judy, the Sicilian pizza looks delicious! I like the idea of a fresh grocery market. I would head towards the bakery and wander trying to take in all the aromas! 🙂 Beautiful building mural, too.

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  2. Geert Smits says:

    It’s what I call an essential door 🙂

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  3. Dan Antion says:

    Oh that’s a wonderful door indeed Judy (and I love the mural). The only problem is that it’s not even 7:00 am and I am starving. I want so many things, but a small slab of pizza would carry me to lunch. There’s a market like this in Hartford’s south end, only the deli is off to the side so that you walk past it on your way in. The meat department is in the back. No pizza, but several types of homemade sausage. Oh, this comment isn’t helping my hunger. I don’t think a donut is going to do it today.

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  4. Norm 2.0 says:

    Sometimes its not about the door but what’s behind it. This post is making me hungry; good thing I’ve already eaten this morning, I haven’t done pizza for breakfast since my early twenties 🙂

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  5. KerryCan says:

    Although I like my red sauce tangy and not sweet, this all looks and sounds fab! I just drooled on my keyboard . . . .

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  6. Peter S says:

    I could bore you with how much we like both Micucci’s and Portland! Micucci’s is the best Italian grocer north of Boston! The difference is that they offer practical foods at reasonable prices. There are other shops that offer Italian specialty items but they tend to offer mostly gourmet items that might be good as gifts but are usually not priced for everyday use.

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  7. Laurie Graves says:

    Love that place! Haven’t been in ages, but I still remember that pizza and bread.

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  8. I want pizza for breakfast now.

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  9. joey says:

    Wow! That sounds fantastic! I’m glad I’m eating breakfast right now, or I’d be sad! lol 🙂

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  10. Ha! Deb (above) said exactly what I was going to. Yes, pizza for breakfast!

    I love the mural on the building.

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  11. If only I could get them to deliver I’d say,” I’ll have one of everything Judy just bought!” Miam, miam! It’s not yet 8am and I want pizza, or spaghetti with meatballs for breakfast!

    The mural is lovely too!


    • I think you’d enjoy it all, and I only wish I could have shared the delicious smell too. 🙂 The mural is wonderful and interesting because it covers the entire side of a building but is in shades of white-gray. It’s hard to get a photo of the entire wall and it doesn’t pop with color, but it is great anyway. 🙂

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      • Oh, regarding getting the whole photographed…you could do a panorama. With your dslr or an app on your cell phone, and a little work in ACR = adobe camera raw or LR if you shoot raw would help bring the colors back in line with what you see. Coming straight out of the camera colors often are flat. If you shoot JPEG you won’t have as much latitude to change things in ACR or LR because you camera settings are baked in in that image mode, but you add vibrance and clarity which will make the mid-tones pop. Hope that helps, or at least gives you something to ponder. 🙂

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  12. Murphy's Law says:

    Well, damn! Have dinner planned…..ham steak, mashed potatoes, peas. Sounded real good until I read about Micucci’s pizza and saw the picture. Plus homemade meatballs and smoked mozzarella! Jeez Louise!! That settles it. Throwing my dinner out and driving up to Portland. Let’s see. It’s 12:46 pm. If I leave the Lower Hudson Valley right now, I should be back in time for dinner, don’cha think? Well, I’ll have to drive with my lead foot on the pedal and pray no police are around, but it’ll be worth it!!!

    LOVE the mural.

    Think they’ll let me eat my pizza in jail if I get stopped? LOL!!

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  13. basildonkitchens says:

    You are making my mouth water….mmmmm. I may have to go on a road trip as soon as the snow melts!

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  14. Time for me to get dinner now!! I’m salivating. And I love that the pizza comes in slabs!! We only get measly slices here 🙂

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  15. I enjoy reading your posts so much because you provide such interesting stories about each door. I find myself noticing doors more when I am out because of your angles. Thanks!

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  16. treadway says:

    A person must make all trips worth while…and I wish I could go there and make mine worth while.

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  17. Eliza Waters says:

    Oh, my, you have me salivating!

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  18. Karen says:

    Recognized that door right away. Micucci’s was a must stop after we had lunch at Duck Fat whenever we were in Portsmouth.

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  19. If I ever find myself in Portland ME, I will definitely track this place down. Funny, though, I don’t associate Maine with a big Italian immigrant population.

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  20. Grandma Kc says:

    I love living vicariously through you and getting to see all these cool places but you do leave me hungry!

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  21. Who cares what the door of a great Italian deli looks like? It’s what inside that counts!


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  22. That door, however utilitarian, is clearly of major importance Judy if all those delights are hidden behind it! Thank heavens I don’t live near there I would definitely be the size of a house and they’d have to put in 2 doors just for me 😀

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  23. Joyce says:

    I never would have guessed that building was a grocery store! This one proves that high quality food and committed family customer service can outlast the encroachment of giant chains in any town! We have a few of these in town and we’re very loyal to them for that reason!

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    • Exactly. 🙂 When I walk into this little store and squeeze between the aisles, it is like I’ve stepped back several years. And, when I hand over the credit card at the checkout I just smile because I think just maybe I’m helping them stay in business so I can have a return visit. 🙂


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