A. Litteri

Rating: ★★★★★

14483378_10154584073938011_1163938808_nI confess I often overlook Italian places in favor of other cuisines that are less common. But once I found out about A. Litteri, I just had to go check it out. A. Litteri is an Italian market, butcher and sandwich shop located at 517 Morse street N.E., tucked in the warehouses occupied by wholesalers around Union Market. It’s the definition of an institution; it was founded in 1926 but moved to its current location in 1932. The current owner’s grandfather and great uncle (Antonio Litteri, hence the name) founded the place. The store is mostly a market selling Italian products such as Italian wines, balsamic vinegars, sauces, and pastas. Their collection of different types of olive oil is particularly impressive. I know olive oil tasting is a thing (when I went, there were a few out to 14483551_10154584073953011_975637175_ntaste), but I’ve never seen so many different kinds of olive oil in one place. I also can’t imagine that most customers are even remotely knowledgeable about olive oil to appreciate the selection (I’m certainly not). What this demonstrates to me is a commitment to excellence and a sense of pride in a carefully curated selection. There’s also a butcher in the back where you can order sandwiches like meatball heroes and, of course, Italian sandwiches. I ordered the Italian sandwich, which was delicious and very reasonably-priced at $5 for six inches (sure, the nearby Subway is cheaper but obviously the quality here is far better). The only drawback is there’s no place to sit and eat, and no particularly good spot for a few blocks around. This place is well-worth stopping in though- it’s truly one of a kind.

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