Restaurant Reviews

Molinari Delicatessen

April 3, 2015
The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
I love this place! The people are great, the sandwiches are delicious and they sell burrata.The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:

Molinari is a little hike up from my work, but I make it a point to go often. I like picking up sandwiches for lunch, but I also like stopping in for the deli. It’s my go-to for brie, parmesan, salami (they have spicy and garlic and it’s divine!), and burrata (this is some of the best burrata I’ve bought; always fresh and very reasonably priced). The store is long, but not wide so it gets a little crammed during peak hours. Saturdays can be nightmares and expect to wait at least 20 minutes during weekday lunch. I would highly suggest going before or after. There is no one to ring up your non made-to-order stuff so regardless if you’re getting a sandwich or buying cheese, you have to take a number. Reread that last line please and focus on the “TAKE A NUMBER”! There are no signs, just a number dispenser as you walk in and I have seen many people waiting a while before realizing they had to take a number (and by that time there are 5 locals who already marched in behind you and took a number). The line moves pretty quickly unless there’s an indecisive person or one who is ordering 5 sandwiches. My recommendation… look at the board (hanging right above the deli meats) and know what you want. Also, there is a container in the back (when you enter go straight and then it’s to your left) where you pick your bread – if you want focaccia then just wait because they keep it on the counter. Once your number is called react quickly or they will move on, then rattle off your order (they don’t write it down, but they will remember). Then step aside and wait for perfection to be ready.

What I ate:

  • Foccacia special (about $10)



I always order the focaccia special with salami instead of prosciutto, I have tried it with both and just prefer the salami version. It comes on focaccia bread with prosciutto (in my case salami), fresh mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, and sweet bell peppers. I always ask for it toasted which makes the sandwich just warm enough that the cheese gets slightly melted.This is seriously amazing! Every bite is heaven! If you’re in North Beach, China Town or the Financial District you should definitely give it a try! If you need anymore convincing it’s been around for over 100 years and has made many “must-try” lists (Anthony Bourdain’s layover segment comes to mind).

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