Maiale on Lancaster Ave, Wilmington
I have driven by this unassuming sausage shop and thought it looked shabby and cool. Now, I know that it is just incredible for any foodie. They make and cure their own wonderful meats of all kinds and actually serve tasting menus on the first Friday of every month. This is worth checking out!
This place is a gem! I walked in, having heard great things, but was blown away by the interesting selection of fresh sausages and cured meats. The greatest part is the owner makes it all himself. So far my favorites are the Foie Gras Hot Dogs, Thai Curry Chicken Sausage, and the Fire Roasted Corn and Poblano. I will definitely be checking this place out for the holidays...
Yes, Maiale is great--we've been fairly regular customers since they opened. I don't know why I never bothered to post about it before, but I should have. I am a major fan of the Porkette sandwich (although the name always makes me feel like they're insulting me!)
The online menu and the in-store menu are not the same, so it's better to stop by and get a paper menu. I think they've changed some items after they did the website and haven't gotten around to changing their online items yet.
A few weeks ago I did try a different kind of sausage there (the broccoli rabe/provolone one) and found it way too salty, so watch out for that. But in general their stuff is excellent. The parking lot is a nightmare to get in and out of, unfortunately, but persevere and you will be happy you did.
Atmosphere inside is about what you'd expect from looking at the outside. I mostly get takeout.