Two Cousins is a third generation seafood business originally started in the early thirties by two fishermen (cousins) who had just arrived from Trieste, a city and seaport in northern Italy. Their business started as a simple fish packing facility for the local fishing boats that would ship their catch daily into the Fulton Fish Market. The cousins also thought about selling the local catch to the public, hence the retail store “Two Cousins” on Woodcleft Canal aka “The Nautical Mile”.
In 1970 the present owners bought the business and started buying and selling truckloads of fish and shellfish all over the east coast. As the supplies of local fish started to dwindle they started a wholesale seafood distribution business selling a full line of seafood to local restaurants, corporate food service, grocery stores and other fish stores. They would buy the items they needed for their customers in the Fulton Fish Market as they dropped off the local catch to the Market. As the local fish supply continued to diminish Two Cousins reached out and bought, sold, imported and exported truckloads of fresh and frozen seafood to other distributors and bulk buyers. Two Cousins was then able to offer under market pricing to their smaller in-house customers because of their large volume of buying and selling.
In 1998 the Wholesale operation was moved into a larger facility nearby while maintaining the retail store at its original location which is open 7 days a week. Woodcleft Canal “The Nautical Mile” was once dominated from end to end by commercial fishing boats but today there are only two operating commercial docks left. One of these is located behind Two Cousins Fish Market. Our growth and expansion over the years can be attributed to the same philosophy that was established years ago and has continued to today. We strive to save our customers on their everyday seafood cost and still provide them with a top quality product.