Philadelphia Italian Delis and Markets
I am comming to Philadelphia and looking to write a pices for a local news paper back home in DC. Part of the article is going to highlight the Italian Delis and Markets in Philadelphia.
If you have any standout places in the city that I should check out please let me know so I can make sure to stop by.
Are you looking for hoagies or hot sandwiches as well? For hoagies Sarcone's.
The two largest food markets are the Italian Market and Reading Terminal Market.
Reading Terminal Market and the Italian Market are the places to go. The former is indoor and over a hundred years running. Think of the Eastern Market on steroids and then some. http://www.readingterminalmarket.org They have great pancakes at the Dutch Eating Place and roast pork sandwiches at DiNic's. The Italian Market is a bunch of merchants spread out over a few blocks. Her's a link: http://www.phillyitalianmarket.com/
You might also be interested in my favorite block in South Philadelphia. Start at John's Market at 1615 Ritner Street. (In the neighborhood it's commonly known as "Dad's Stuffings.") It is officially a meat shop, but it also carries a large selection of prepared Italian foods, and a selection of Italian groceries. Then, cross the street to Potito's Bakery and look over the selection of very good Italian pastries. Then proceed less than half a block east down Ritner to Primo's Hoagies where, in addition to the very good sandwiches, you will find a selection of deli items and groceries. Cross the street and check out Cacia's for Italian breads, bakery style pizza, stromboli, etc.
When you are finished all of this, just wonder around the area and check out the corner stores. If I recall correctly, there is a pretty good Italian deli called Mi-Pal's at around 15th and Wolf (Wolf is one block north of Ritner.)
If you are not familiar with Philadelphia, this part if South Philly is safe and easily acessible from Center City. If you are driving, just head south on 15th Street and turn right on Ritner. If you are taking public transportation, either take the Broad Street subway south and exit at either Snyder (walk 3 blocks South on Broad to Ritner and turn right) or Oregon (walk 3 blocks north on Broad and turn left) or take the C bus.