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Aug 18, 2010 01:17 PM

favorite groceries in Italian Market?

just wondering what people's must-gets are for the Italian Market. I just moved nearby and am sampling slowly.. fresh mozz and baked ricotta from Claudio's, bakery stuff from Isgro's, spices and teas from Spice Corner (though frankly, some seemed fresher than others). What are your faves? could be anything - canned/imported or freshly made, Italian or latino in the southward end.

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  1. - Anthony's Italian Market Reserve coffee beans

    - Sausage from Fiorella's

    - Baguette from Sarcone's

    - Fresh tortillas from Tortilliera Y San Roman

    - Fresh pasta from Talluto's

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    1. re: Buckethead

      ooh, thanks for that Tortilleria tip. Any ideas of its hours of operation?

      1. re: bess

        It is open daily - not sure of the hours but they only make the fresh tortillas on Saturday (they have great chips every day!)
        And let me add Sonny D'Angelo's (D'Angelo Brothers, maybe is the actual name) for interesting sausages made there and also game and unusual meats (ostrich, boar, rabbit, alligator, etc)
        And while I generally go to Claudio's, have a mozarella and ricotta taste off with Mancuso's which is actually on Passyunk Ave below Tasker - not sure of the exact cross street. I like them both but sometimes crave one over the other

        1. re: Bigley9

          another great rec- I stopped by Mancuso's (actually closer to where I live than the Italian Market per se) and wow, that fresh mozz was amazing, They were out so made some fresh for me as I waited, and it was still warm - a first for me. Got some ricotta too and it looks perfect for a pasta dinner tomorrow. thanks!

          1. re: bess

            yeah...I can taste it. I may have to head there tomorrow now.

    2. -wet-aged ribeye steaks at D'Angelo Bros., amazing steaks at something like $12/lb. (at least as of a year and a half ago)

      -Anastasio Produce for great prices on wild mushrooms like chanterelles and morels (when available)

      -DiBruno Bros: it pretty much goes without saying that this is a must visit for its orgy of cheeses and sausages, but there's something else about DiBruno's that sets it apart from every other Italian goods store I've been to in this country--they have an excellent selection of "condimento"- and "tradizionale"-grade balsamic vinegars, the kind as thick as syrup, with an intense raisiny taste. I recall them starting at $25 and ranging way up from there, with at least several options under $60.

      1. did the spice corner reopen yet? Last i was there for festival it was closed.

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          1. re: ANT1008

            It's been open for at least several weeks now.

          2. just to add to my own post for future readers.. another great spot to hit near the Market is the french (Vietnamese) bakery, Artisan Boulanger Patissier on 12th just off (west of) Passyunk. Baguettes are some of the frenchiest in Philadelphia, I would say (though I am no expert), awesome pastries too.

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            1. re: bess

              They get props here (probably back on the Pennsylvania board)! I love their croissants!

              1. re: Bigley9

                They have recently started making breakfast croissants with bacon (or sausage), egg and cheese on them. The egg is fried, so sometimes the yolk will run into the croissant. The combo of egg yolk, buttery croissant, and salty bacon is YUMMY. I had to limit myself to one of those babies per week.

                1. re: Philly Ray

                  Wow. And the word is they serve Stumptown Coffee now, too?

                  1. re: barryg

                    I thought I saw a sign that said they serve Counter Culture coffee (the same brand Ultimo uses), but that may have changed.

                    1. re: barryg

                      Ok, all of this talk made me go and get my breakfast sandwich this morning and there was most definitely a Counter Culture Coffee sign on the counter.