3 Tasty Temptations You Must Seek Out At Your Local Authentic Italian Deli

Posted on: 26 June 2017

It you cannot resist the flavorful taste of genuine Italian food, you need to visit your neighborhood authentic Italian deli. Here you will find old-school Italian entrees and sides, as well as carry out items on the menu. Whether you are looking for Italian style sliced deli meats for a do-it-yourself sandwich or picnic, or you want a prepared meal, an authentic Italian deli offers a great selection. The following is a sample of some of the delectable treats you must try:

1. Authentic Italian Hoagie

More than a sandwich, this consists of a variety of Italian sliced deli meats and cheese on a submarine roll. A classic Italian hoagie (or sub sandwich as some refer to it) from the deli will typically include sliced ham, capicola, Genoa salami and provolone cheese. It is often topped with shredded lettuce, onions and tomatoes. However, it will not include the typical sandwich condiments such as mustard and mayo. Instead, it will be drizzled with olive oil. Salt, pepper and oregano may also be added to the hoagie. And this is a must-have treat at an authentic Italian deli.

As an alternative to the classic Italian hoagie, the deli might offer a prosciutto and provolone hoagie. Sometimes cured capicola is added. This may be considered an old world style Italian hoagie.

2. Prepared Store Made Dinners

Many authentic Italian delicatessens offer packaged prepared meals that may be heated in the microwave. These are ideal for take-out options. You may find the following:

  • Chicken or Eggplant Parmigiana: It is typically made with eggplant or chicken, pepper flakes, onions and fresh mozzarella cheese, and topped with bread crumbs and Italian seasoned tomato sauce. A side dish often may include a garden or Caesar salad.

  • Eggplant Rotini: Made with breaded eggplant and rotini pasta, topped with mozzarella cheese, garlic and pasta sauce.

  • Chicken Marsala: A chicken cutlet that is topped with sauteed mushrooms and a creamy marsala wine sauce.

3. Genuine Italian Antipasto Appetizers

For your next party or catering event, you might want to drop by the Italian deli for a platter. Theses Italian treats make perfect appetizers. An antipasto tray or platter will often consist of the following: Olives, anchovies, provolone cheese (or other types of cheeses) and sliced deli meats. The deli meats (or cold cuts as they are sometimes referred to) typically include spicy ham, prosciutto and capicola.

As a side note, don't forget to pick up some authentic Italian "extras" by the pound. This may include hot or mild Italian sausage or meatballs. You might also ask for sore-made marinara or clam sauce.