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Dec 4, 2012 06:13 AM

Italian marketplace visit

Planning on 1st visit to the Italian Marketplace, need recommendations on 'must visits'

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  1. For shopping, DiBruno's Cheese Shop and Claudio's are good stops. If you are into cooking and gadgets, there is Fante's, but I find them a little overpriced.

    For eating, hit Paesano's for sandwiches and Los Taquitos de Puebla for tacos. Afterwards, finish off with cannoli from Isgro's.

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    1. re: Philly Ray

      +1 to tall of that. Fresh made tortillas from Tortilleria San Roman are good and cheap. Their salsas and fresh chips are very good as well. They always give samples of wam tortilla.

      1. re: barryg

        All are wonderful suggestions. I would add the cliche.. but well worth visit to either Isgros or Termini's. And If you want a classic italian hoagie Sarcone's Deli is good as well.

        1. re: cwdonald

          Yea I think Terminis is worth the extra walk compared to Isgos... much bigger and more fun to browse. I also think the cannoli is better there but that can spur much debate.

          1. re: barryg

            As they say.. thems fighting words.. Actually I remember a third bakery on a side street that a really nice riccotta filling. Cannot remember it for the life of me. I appreciate the 'tude at Isgros... I think it goes with the territory.

            1. re: cwdonald

              There is Varallo Bros at 10th & Morris but I have not tried their cannoli.

              1. re: barryg

                Yep that's the place. I really prefer their cannoli filling to either Isgro's or Terminis. Thanks Barry!

                1. re: cwdonald

                  Well I will have to try it then. Maybe a vertical cannoli tasting is in order...

                  1. re: cwdonald

                    Is there anything else decent at Varallo Bros? On a long walk home, I stopped there at night and got a slice of tomato pie and a croissant and both were pretty bad.

                    Perhaps I ordered the wrong things though - something better I should try as it's pretty local to me?

        2. re: Philly Ray

          Di Bruno's is fine for people that want to stand in line for 20 minutes outside then stand shoulder to shoulder inside. It's not worth it because it is unpleasant.

          Why not just go and walk around se what you see, see what you like.

          1. re: FrankJBN

            There isn't a better cheese shop that I know of between here and Canada, I think it's definitely worth a visit
            I shop there pretty regularly and I've never waited more than 10 -15 minutes for service and never outside except for in exceptional circumstances (like christmas eve). There are enough interesting things on the shelves to keep most reasonably curious people busy browsing while they wait.
            Claudio's has really expanded their canned and dry goods in both variety and quality over they last couple years and the prices aren't bad - they sell good Spanish anchovies and tuna for a few dollars less than Garces Trading Company or Wholefoods do.

              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                It is, but I didn't say it was peerless, just unsurpassed. I've been to Boston's best and wasn't a bit jealous. Murray's is impressive. So is DiBruno's, If you could magically transport it to Brooklyn, New Yorkers would never shut-up about what a great cheese shop it is.

              2. re: caganer

                I prefer Claudio's, probably since I've been going there since childhood. And I guess I like that they haven't expanded into center city, etc.

            1. re: Philly Ray

              My Fante's story: Went to Fante's my last time to the market. Was looking for a good vegetable peeler. I'd had one I loved that finally broke; I'd been trying to replace it for ages, and every one I'd tried was terrible. I went in two minutes before they were closing, asked to see the peelers, and was ready to spend $10+ on the most expensive one, when the man who worked there showed me the one he said all the chefs get, for $3. It looked just like the ones I'd tried that were terrible, but then so did the one I'd loved. He repeated that all the chefs bought that one. I bought it, figuring I could always go back for the $10 one. It works like a charm. I'm now a Fante's fan!

            2. Sonny D'Angelo for sausages and game.

              George's (the one just south of Christian) and Paesano's, closer to Washington, for two approaches to South Philly style sandwiches.

              Tamales from Los Amigos - If they have them there will be a sign on their door.

              Sarcone's bakery for bread and Sarcone's deli for hoagies built on Sarcone's bread.

              But it is only a few blocks long. Walk it all and soak in the stands and shops, the vendors and the shoppers.

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              1. re: Holly Moore

                Thanks to all for the good info; planning on a visit before the new year.