Sunday, November 24, 2013

Giacomo's Italian Market

Located at 2109 New Garden Road, Giacomo’s Italian Market offers hot and cold Italian sandwiches and desserts. The restaurant is also a deli and offers homemade meats, cheeses, pastas, and sauces. Catering is available.

To those who grew up with quality Italian cold cuts – capicola, genoa salami, mortadella, and so on – Giacomo’s will feel like home. To those who didn’t, Giacomo’s will be a revelation. The sandwiches are phenomenal, widely surpassing not only most chains but many local sandwich shops as well.

As is true in many cases, the ingredients make the difference. The sandwiches come served on fresh, crusty Italian rolls. The cold cuts are top-notch – the Italian Stallion (genoa/capicola/provolone) and Paesano (marinated eggplant/salami/provolone) are standouts – but the hot sandwiches are not to be ignored. The homemade sausage and peppers is simply beyond compare.

Prices at Giacomo’s run high, but they are not unreasonable for the quality of the food. For $7, you are virtually guaranteed a satisfying sandwich. In addition, the staff are friendly and welcoming. No matter how busy Giacomo’s gets, you won’t run afoul of forgotten orders or snippy attitudes.

The only drawback here is that the establishment is quite small. There are fewer than ten tables in all. That, plus the foot traffic and the delicious display cases to distract you, can make dining in less than ideal.

Whether you are seeking the comforts of home or looking to set a new sandwich standard, Giacomo’s will not disappoint. Your only concern, aside from table space, should be how often you can afford to come back.


9.25/10

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