Pasadena >Food Stores > Roma Italian Deli & Grocery
918 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110434.161823 -118.132295
Neighborhoods: East Central
Reminders of my Brooklyn deli – What a random, but absolutely pleasant surprise! I noticed a steady stream of customers on a blazing hot day and wandered in myself. Go straight to the deli, where you'll meet Rosario, a wonderful man who will answer all your questions. Ask him for recommendations and he will gladly oblige and give you samples while he eyes your reaction. Today, he suggested the speck, copa seca (like prosciutto), asiago and manchego for an antipasto and topped with some delicious olive oil bread. Will definitely be stopping by at least once a week.
A great little place – If you can get over the pungent smell of cheese that will blast you as you enter the small market, then you should definitely check this place out. Tonight I am going there to buy a stack of pizzelles. I love their fresh cheeses and Italian meats. I've found their produce to be less-than-fresh sometimes, but other than that, it's a fun place to go. It's a very "mom-and-pop" atmosphere.
A little bit of Italy – There's nothing like having a family own Italian Deli in the neighborhood. the produce is great and the deli is even better.
Ask for Rosario. Say, cheese! – On the sidewalk out front are big cardboard bins of oranges, melons and grapefruit. Inside, there's more fresh fruit, bags of nuts and dried fruit, cannelini beans, rustic pasta, olive oil, anchovies, chiantis and barolos. But at Roma's, it's all about the cheese. Rosario operates the slicer behind the counter. If you're a regular customer, he unwraps what you want as soon as you step inside -- the block of aged mozzarella, the wheels of pepato (pepper cheese) or parmesan reggiano. "Have some fresh rolls," he says. "How you been?" And he hands you a sliver to taste while he starts to slice.
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