Molinari Deli – San Francisco

molinari deli san francisco

We enter Molinari Deli after trekking some ten blocks through Chinatown in the middle of the day. I instantly know this is the place we want to be; there’s a line and they mostly look like locals. We take a number and somehow squeeze through to the back, where there’s a no-frills bin of bread waiting for us. The process is simple – grab one and go to the counter when your number is called.

molinari deli san francisco

molinari deli san francisco

molinari deli san francisco

molinari deli san francisco

molinari deli san francisco

We wait patiently at the back, loaf in hand, for about ten minutes. In the meantime, I ogle the salamis dangling from the ceiling and contemplate taking some with me. I decide against it (salami scent on everything in my carry-on does NOT sound pleasant). However, this place is seriously a meat and cheese lover’s dream. There are literal mountains of mozzarella and provolone along the deli counter. Even the wall space isn’t wasted – it’s lined from top to bottom with more imported Italian goods. Eventually we get to order and I keep it pretty simple with the North Beach Special – prosciutto, provolone, and peppers.

Guys, this thing was INCREDIBLE. I did not speak a single word from the minute I started eating until I finished. And it’s also huge! Could very easily be two meals or shared with another person. The sandwiches cost between $10-$15, but you definitely get your money’s worth. I ate the whole thing right then and there because it was too good and I was too hungry. This was around noon and I didn’t eat the rest of the day!

molinari deli san francisco

molinari deli san francisco

We got lucky and were able to snag a table outside to sit down at. There isn’t a dedicated seating area inside, but most people seem to take these to-go anyway. If you have the time, I would definitely recommend taking your sandwich somewhere a little more picturesque. I mean, it is San Francisco after all 🙂

 

 

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