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MainLine Italian grocery store

I have yet to find a store like DiBruno Bros out here on the Main Line. What gives? Please tell me there is something out here!!

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  1. You might want to give Carlino's in Ardmore a try.

    1. Carlino's is the best...you can also try Frateli Rago on Montgomery Avenue in Narberth (across from Staples). They used to be in the Albrecht's Market.

      1. Carlinos on County Line Rd in Ardmore for sure

        1. There's a place in Newtown Square that I just noticed, and haven't tried yet. It's on a side street right near the new Bryn Mawr Trust location, which is roughly the northeast corner of Route 252 & West Chester Pike.

          While trying to find the Newtown Square one, I found this in Wayne: http://www.minettis.com/. I think if it were any good I would know about it. I don't.

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          1. re: Mawrter

            Are you thinking of Luigi and Giovanni's perhaps? They are very good but be forewarned...their prepared food section is much smaller than Carlinos. However, for Italian staples such as dried pastas, etc. they are great. I believe they also have a fairly large deli (of mostly "American" things as opposed to a lot of the imported stuff) but I can't speak from personal experience because I've never gotten anything from that section of the store.

            1. re: Laura D.

              I'm not sure of the name, but yeah, it did look a lot smaller than Carlino's.

            2. re: Mawrter

              Actually -- Minettis is quite good; but i would not consider it a grocery, more like a sandwich place. The sandwiches are fanstastic. But -- It doesn't have the greatest hours -- I often want to go there on a Friday night after an exhausting week of work- but they close so early (7 i think?)

              They do have one wall of Italian products, along with a refrigerated case with sauces, pastas, and gelatos.

            3. Nothing like DiBruno's- sorry! I like Carlino's too. I prefer to get my cheeses at the place in Ardmore Farmer's Market. I have stumbled across a few small places with some specialty items in Delaware County too.

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              1. re: lillotis

                I agree - there just is nothing like DiBruno Bros, and Carlino's is probably the best on the Main Line. But the cheese vendor at the Wayne Farmer's Market is excellent, and Whole Foods has a great Italian cheese selection. There was an Italian specialty foods shop on Louella in Wayne a few years ago, but they didn't make it.

                Farther afield, you can get Italian-style cheese from Hendrick's farm or from the shop Cheese in Phoenixville Borough.

                see http://www.hendricksfarmsanddairy.com... and http://www.acheeseshop.com

              2. I'm a big fan of Carlino's. An Italian place just opened up inside the Ardmore Farmer's Market, too, I believe. Can anyone confirm?

                1. I'm from further north, and there is a new store in Emmaus that just opened up called Bella G's. They are really good, especially if you want the real home-made stuff like sausage, frresh mozzarella, sauces, and ready-to-eat meals.

                  And their cannoli cream is out of this world!

                  1. Have you guy ever tried GIACOMO'S in Easton, PA? We have proudly serving our customers for almost 40yrs. Only about 35 minutes north on the PA Turnpike or Route 611. We make our FAMOUS Homemade Sausage, Brasioli daily.
                    Giacomo's on the Hill has recently expanded their catering business. If you are unfamiliar with Giacomo's, they have been satisfying the needs of their loyal customers for 38+ years! The Famularo family (Giacomo, Gina, Sal and Mario) are well known and highly respected. Giacomo's is a mainstay in the area and customers travel from far distances for their homemade sausage, fine selection of cheeses and olives, as well as their delicious and quality sandwiches .
                    Giacomo and Gina were just honored and recognized at a large dinner event by local politicians, dignitaries and civic leaders.
                    Stop and say hello to Sal and Mario