Pastrami, prosciutto, salami \u2014 butcher Phil Longobardi will ring up his last order at Ridgefield Prime at the end of the month. Longobardi, who has worked as a butcher in town over the last two decades, grew up the son of a Manhattan meat cutter in the 1960s. He\u2019s been working in front of a meat slicer since he was 10 years old, and has known since those early days as an apprentice at his dad\u2019s shop that butchering was the profession for him. After five decades behind the counter, Longobardi has decided to retire and move to Arizona with his wife at the end of the month. Although he loves his job at Ridgefield Prime, where he\u2019s worked the last eight years, he\u2019s ready to make the change. The physical demands have taken a toll on his body. \u201cThe amount of lugging, picking up of boxes, putting stuff away, getting down on knees, standing up, throwing 60-pound boxes five to six feet in the air,\u201d said Longobardi, who lives in New Milford. He used to cut meat at Balducci\u2019s and Hay Day in town before those businesses closed shop. Longobardi said what he will miss most is his customers \u2014 most of whom became regulars, switching from Balducci\u2019s to Ridgefield Prime when he made the move back in 2008. \u201cI would like to thank all the customers for all the years of loyalty,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd all the years of letting me be a part of their lives as far as cutting meat for them and their families.\u201d The longtime butcher said his favorite part of working in town was \u201cmaking the clients smile and making them happy.\u201d He said they shouldn\u2019t worry about the future of the butcher shop \u2014 they\u2019ll still be able to get a leg of lamb or a prime rib whenever the occasion calls. During the last month, Longobardi has been working with Ridgefield Prime owners Bob Sperry and Ed Bistany to train replacements to take on his responsibilities. They\u2019ve hired two new staff members to ensure the transition goes smoothly. \u201cThe store will be just as good as, if not better than, what it was,\u201d said Longobardi. \u201cJohnny XYZ will take over as master butcher,\u201d said Sperry. \u201cPhil introduced us to Johnny and they have worked side by side for the last two years. \u201cDon\u2019t hold it against John if he repeats one of Phil\u2019s jokes \u2014 he\u2019s working on his own material.\u201d The business, located at 113 Danbury Road in Copps Hill Commons, will celebrate Longobardi with an in-store tribute from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.