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What places must i check out in the italian market?

Just moved into an apartment on 9th and i'm a major foodie and a good cook, so advice on cool places to eat and shops to pick up the best fresh and exotic ingredients are appreciated.

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  1. I love Claudio's. They have a huge selection of cheese. The guys behind the counter are all very nice and more than willing to let you sample any cheese before you buy. The olives are also delicious.

    Check out my review

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    1. re: arizonagirl

      I'll second Claudio's (I highly recommend the lemon riccota) and add in my other must-visit place, D'Angelo's. Sonny's meats and sausages are fantastic, and the man really knows his stuff - I hear he's also quite curmudgeonly on occassions, but I've never experienced it.

      1. re: Ali

        I'll second D'Angelo's for meat. They are fantastic and you can get just about anything you need.

        1. re: Ali

          Ali, how do you use the lemon riccota? It sounds incredible.

          1. re: Neu FM

            I think it's properly called tricotta al limone and is a baked buffalo ricotta. It's pretty fantastic and will go in cheesecake the next time I get enough of it. For now, I pretty much serve it as dessert with balsamic strawberries or balsamic figs. (Or if you're me, that can also serve as a night and light breakfast/lunch/dinner.)

      2. international cheeses - dibruno's
        moz - claudio's
        bread - sarcone's
        hoagies - sarcone's
        vietnamese sandwiches - o

        1. Fante's has an amazing selection of kitchen supplies.

          1. Claudios for Mozzarello and Sarcones for bread and hoagies and tomatoe pies and rolls.

            1. WOW we are amazingly in tune chowites!
              Claudios - all cheeses, all foods italian (oil, pasta, truffle butter, pesto)
              Sonny D'Angelo's - sausage, meats, especially exotics and his own cures
              Sarcone's - breads and hoagies from the deli (they also sell pizza shells which are a nice cheat!)
              A slice of pizza from Lorenzo's window at 9th and Christian.
              If you aren't going to one of the local farmers markets, go to Anastasio's produce on Christian just west of 9th across from Sabrina's - it has produce displayed on Saturday but is open everyday and has WAY more that you see - if you want something, ask. They supply many of the better local restaurants. you can almost always get baby arugula, baby artichokes, fancy mushrooms, etc. If you give them some notice they can get you all kinds of things (notice=24/48 hrs)
              Fante's for kitchenware and to get your knives sharpened while you wait.
              I love Claudios, but go south to Mancuso's (1900(?) South Passyunk) for Mozarella and ricotta- whose your daddy? Mr Mancuso is your daddy!
              I prefer Superior pasta on Chritian to Talluto's on 9th, but I go to both.
              Esposito's gets you good/great standard meats (vs D'Angelo's hi-er end/game/cures). Not grass fed or organic/free range - farmers's markets and the reading terminal for that.
              Wander up and down and get the best price on staples - lemons, limes, peppers, etc.
              Finally, Anastasi's Seafood is good at 9th and Washington has good seafood, the best in the metro area (IMHO) is Ippolito's at 13th and Dickenson - which is near Mancuso's so worth the trip, but Anastasi's has a restaurant and bar, which can be welcome relief at the end of the shopping trip!

              1. Thanks all, I'm taking notes.

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                1. re: V1ctory

                  Fresh pasta at Superior! Also, the pizza and bread at Sacones. Go early, cause they run out. The pignoli nut cookies at Isgros.

                2. The various taquerias, and also the Mexican bakery with big layered cakes in the window that look like they are melting. The bakery goods are in the back, ignore the old produce and groceries in the front. Thank you.

                  1. Oh and my favorite...the stuffed artichokes at Claudios. OMG, they are just so wonderful!

                    1. The various taquerias, and the Mexican bakery that has layered cakes in the window decorated to look like they are melting. The baked goods are in the back, ignore the old produce and groceries in the front.

                      Also head over to 10th and go to Bitar's and get their pita with zatar spice and spinach pies. Thank you.

                      1. My wife and I were just down there last Sunday. I am from South Philly but never really went to 9th street for more than pasta from Tallutos.

                        But we recently switch our dogs to a raw diet and now we are always on the look out for good deals on meat and organ meats.

                        We stopped in Cannuli's Meats and I was pretty impressed. They have two stores since they were told by the Feds they can't cut poultry and red meats in the same area. All their meats looked great and the store was clean and had no smell. The prices on the poulty side seemed to be very good, we ot 5lbs of chicken liver, 10lbs of chicken quarters, 10lbs of turkey necks, and 3lbs of ground turky for $30.00

                        I did try and get some fish, but the stores that were open were smelly and full of flies, so that sorta turned me off.

                        Fante's is still a great stop, I get my anise oil there for Christmas baking and they use to offer pretty cheap knife shapening services.