When asked about the best Italian deli in the Baltimore area, there was no hesitation with locals’ favorites. These choices offer a long family history involvement in the business, a pride of quality Italian products and personalized service. Each and every one of the five Italian delis offer catering for parties large and small, a few offer dine in, some offer gift baskets but all offer you a real taste of Italy.
2700 Gough St
Baltimore, Md. 21224
The Di Pasquale family, like many of the other Italian grocery and delicatessen owners in Baltimore, have passed the business down from generation to generation. This Highlandtown/ Patterson Park institution has been in business since 1914. Dine in at the small cluster of tables, carry out, shop for Italian specialty items, produce, cheeses – Di Pasquale’s has it all. Housemade sausages, aricini, mozzarella and imported meats should be on your shopping list. Don’t miss the brick-oven pizzas and good selection of wines.
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Mastellone’s Deli & Wine Shop
7212 Hartford Road
Parkville, Md. 21234
Opened originally by the Mastellone family in 1964, the shop was bought out by none other than Joe Di Pasquale of Di Pasquale’s on Gough Street a number of years back. This Hartford Road Italian grocery has been offering fresh-baked bread, imported meats, housemade mozzarella, Italian kitchen staples and a nice selection of wines. One great specialty not to miss is its meatball sub. This hearty mix of meat and cheese will have you wiping your face clean with delight.
Pastore’s Italian Deli
8646 Loch Raven Blvd
Towson, Md. 21286
Pastore’s Italian Deli in Baltimore’s Towson/Loch Raven neighborhood has its roots in Little Italy where the grandfather was an importer back in 1868. It isn’t just the imported Italian meats and sandwiches that make this place great; you can pick up your favorite Italian grocery brands like De Cecco, Colavita and Sons of Italy. Also, choose from any one of 30 submarine sandwiches or create your own.
Scittino’s Italian Market Place
1701 Edmondson Ave
Catonsville, Md. 21228
Scittino’s is everything to everyone when it comes to Italian; pizzas, homemade meatballs with an average of 1,500 baked each week, butcher shop, pastry shop, grocery store, homemade soups, sandwiches, cold cuts, baked pasta and more since 1973. A handful of tables will let you dine in and enjoy one of Scittino’s famous pizzas or sandwiches. This hub for Italian goodness is located on the west side of town near Rolling Road and Edmondson Avenue. Neighborhood delivery is available for $10 orders or more and there is free delivery on catering. Scittino’s even offers a special vegan cheese pizza.
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406 N Paca St
Baltimore, Md. 21201
Trinacria is Latin for Sicily and that region is one of Italy’s gems. Since 1908, this downtown institution has been the go-to place for many Italians looking for fresh-made breads, deli meats, homemade mozzarella, sausages, sauces and sandwiches typically found in the southern Italy. This is a true Italian deli offering up gourmet Italian grocery items, wines and even breakfast sandwiches. Close your eyes when you walk in and all of the aromas will transport you back to Italia.
Dara Bunjon has a passion for food – its origins, preparation and consumption. Her culinary endeavors began as a regular cooking personality on an early morning news in Baltimore, where she developed a fanbase. She also owns her own company and co-authored a cookbook. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.