What to eat at the Italian market (or in the general area)
So my friends and I are going to make a trip down to the Italian market for the first time. Just wondering what the "must try" things are.
We're thinking about visiting Isgro (what else is good besides their cannolis?), Di Bruno, and Paesano. What are places in the general vicinity is worth checking out? Sabrina's?
Get some bread at Sarcone's Bakery on 9th street between Catherine and Queen. Consider a hoagie from their deli just up the block or a slice of tomato pie from the bakery itself. Walk down Christian street to the east of 9th street (opposite way from Isgro's) and get a Bahn Mi (vietnamese Hoagie) from Cafe Nhu Y just before 8th street. Head back to 9th street get a slice from Lorenzo's on the corner. Consider George's next door - cheesesteaks or tripe or tongue sandwiches for the adventerous. Cross the street and check out the handmade sausages and game meats at Sonny d'Angelo's Meats (he is a character - gruff but a nice guy if you get past it. Hit Claudios for mozzarella and lots of great Italian products. Hit DiBruno's a bit down the block. Get takeout Meatballs from Villa Di'Roma to take home for another day. Get any sandwich that looks good to you from Paesano's. Stop at the mexican store on the corner of 9th and Carpenter and get their tortilla chips and, if it is Saturday, their fresh made still warm corn tortilla's. Grab some fruit as you stroll down to Washington Ave. Cross Washington Ave and go in to Anastasi's seafood and grab a beer at the bar (and some fresh seafood if you'd like). Head down 9th one more block to Taquitos del puebla and get your favorite tacos and the cowboy beans if they have them. Walk down Federal to 10th and grab some falafel and assorted middle eastern foods and sweets to eat or take home. Stuffed yet?
Claudio's, is worth a stop, if just to have something to compare/contrast with Dibruno. Claudio's mozzarella is great. On Saturday and Sunday there's really good goat barbacoa at Restaurant Acapulco on 9th (be careful no to confuse it with Fiesta Acapulco a block or so to the north.) Taquitos de Puebla is also a good place for real tacos. I like Termini Bros. on 8th ST more than Isgros but Isgro's is good as well. Termini has more stuff and it's a neat physical space as well. Fiorella's on Christian is a cool old school sausage shop with great sausage.
Paesano's is as good as everyone says it is.
I was just there yesterday at Paesano's. My three friends and I split four different sandwiches, and they were all pretty good! My only complaint is that the bread isn't always as crispy as I'd want it to be. Isgro's has pretty good tiramisu as well, but it's always really crowded. I like Termini's cannoli more.
As for Sabrina's, their dishes are pretty big in terms of portion sizes, but their food is generally good. I like their pancakes, and they have the best stuffed French toast in the city!
Taqueria La Veracruzana has pretty good Mexican food (love their guacamole), and Nam Phuong is one of the only few Vietnamese places I like in the city (though I did hear that they might have new management so it might not be as good anymore).
(...and oops, I just realized I replied to the wrong person heh.)