Look up the definition of old-school Italian delicatessen and you’ll find Molinari. Opened in 1896, it’s the oldest deli west of the Rockies, and one of the few remaining intact relics of a time when North Beach was the hub of Italian life in San Francisco (Joe DiMaggio, who grew up in North Beach, even stipulated in his will that Molinari cater his wake). Step inside and admire the shelves crammed full of anchovies, artichokes, olive oils, pasta and sauces; the cases stuffed with all kinds of cheese; and the salami, coppa and cured meats hanging from every rafter. Then grab a hard roll from the box, hand it to the man behind the counter and get him to make you an Italian sub with all the trimmings.
|Venue name:||Molinari Delicatessen||Contact:|
373 Columbus Ave
|Cross street:||at Vallejo St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 9am–6pm, Sat 9am–5:30pm, Sun 10am–4pm|
|Transport:||Bus 30, 41, 8X|