Bit of Heaven: Italian Deli in South PHilly: Mancuso & Son
A friend wanted to try a deli in S. Philly that her Italian teacher had recommended. we novices
ventured out, looking for Eat Passyunk without a GPS or exact address, which was 1902 E. Passyunk.
Well, it sure was worth the trip. Elderly owner offered tastes of just about everything, so I
could buy a lot of those I loved (can't even remember the names!). Sadly, he was fresh 'out' of proschuitto, which is what my friend wanted, but we stocked up on mortadella ($6/lb), sopresseta, sort of a proscuitini, wonderful sharp provolone, baked ricotta (lovely appetizer), jarred al dente lupini beans, amaretto cookies, sesame cookies, a loaf of Italian bread, marinated peppers, stuffed olives. Onwer even ground hard black pepato cheese for me on an antique grater. Look, I went crazy, I so missed this type of food in Italy.
Prices were far lower, quality higher than any place I would usually shop at, Definitely worth
the trip, and I will come again. Parkking available on the street;
My Italian born hubby had a huge grin on his face from the sandwhich I made him for dinner, plus the beans and baked ricotta for an appetizer, instead of a regular cooked dinner. Oh, Yum.
Owner advised calling ahead next tmie to make sure he had the proschuitto: 215-389-8280.
I love the house made mozarella and ricotta from Mancuso's and since he seems to finally be following the no smoking ordinance (last couple of years) the store is a much more pleasant place to visit - although a bunch of old Italian men sitting around smoking did kind of set the scene!