At 5:00 a.m. every morning, John Basile is out on the docks in
Scituate looking for the best fresh fish to bring back to the
Quarterdeck Market. At 6:00 a.m., he's moved on to the the
Boston Fish Pier. By noon, he'll be behind the counter at the
market. John was a commercial fisherman for 20 years, both on
his own boat and as a crew member on other boats.
Quarterdeck owner Chris and his brother
John have decades of experience on the fish piers.
They know the owners of the boats and where they fish and how they
handle the fish. The captains, the guys who unload the boats, and
the wholesalers all greet the Basile brothers, and often save them
a special catch.
The Quarterdeck emphasizes quality and
interesting variety. Items you wouldn't find at the
supermarket include steelhead trout, different kinds of tuna, and
shellfish from many shores. Local scallops and house smoked
fish are also treats.
Chris and John put in long hours at the
market to make sure everything is done right. They can pick
out a fish that's just right for your taste, tell you its history,
and suggest a couple of recipes.
Ask about shipping seafood to family and
business associates anywhere in the country. Twice a week
the Quarterdeck ships to chefs in Florida and Chicago.
Shipping isn't just for lobsters; fresh tuna or anything on the
seafood list makes a fine gift for inland friends.