Old Country flavor in Colonie

Ever have a craving for some head cheese? Or a drink of kvass, a traditional Eastern European bread drink? If so, then take a drive over to the Dnipro Deli where customers will find meats, breads and candy that can't be found at the local Price Chopper.

The deli, located on 1533 Central Ave. in Colonie, offers Eastern European foods from countries such as Russia, Ukraine and Poland. The owner of the deli, Igor Korostil, 33, emigrated from Ukraine where he was studying to become an accountant. When he met his wife, Inna, he discovered she and her father had papers to come over to the United States. When he married into the family he became eligible to immigrate as well.

So I said, 'Take a chance, we'll see, he said of his leap of faith to come over to America. "I had no idea that when I came to the United States that I would have a store like this."

As Korostil stood behind the counter of his store surrounded by various meats, cheeses and fish, he said the idea to open a deli in upstate New York came when he had visited a friend in Binghamton who owned a similar store.

"That's when I had gotten the idea that there was a big Russian population in Albany, and we decided to try [to open a store] " he said.

His friend tipped him off to a few vendors in areas such as Philadelphia and Chicago that would provide the food he needed. He also heads down to New York City a couple of times a week to pick up products.

His first trip down there, however, was not a pleasant one, but it was one he will never forget.

"The very first time I had gone down to New York City to just check out the places and see what people have, I made a wrong turn in Manhattan coming out of the Lincoln Tunnel at 8 o'clock in the morning," he said. "I got two parking tickets, $500 each. There was one officer in front of my van and the other behind my van."

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