FOOD & DRINK
Molinari Delicatessen: 120 Years of Flavor in North Beach
Written by: Mauricio Segura / Photo by: ERSE 21 GBT
Welcome to the time-honored haven of flavor and tradition, Molinari Delicatessen, a culinary gem gracing San Francisco's North Beach since 1896. That's right, folks, they've been perfecting the art of deliciousness for over 120 years, making them a legendary spot in the city's food scene.
Picture this: Gourmet sandwiches that are more than just a meal—they're an experience. Molinari's specialty lies in crafting delectable sandwiches that have become the stuff of legends among San Franciscans. From the renowned Luciano Special, featuring Parma prosciutto, sweet coppa, fresh mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, onions, and lettuce on grilled focaccia, to the tantalizing Renzo Special Sandwich with prosciutto, coppa, fresh mozzarella, and sun-dried tomatoes, and the hearty Molinari Special Italian Combo boasting salame, mortadella, galantina, zampino, salame cotto, mayo, mustard, Italian vinaigrette, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pepperoncini—there's a sandwich adventure waiting for everyone.
But Molinari is more than just sandwiches; it's a journey into the heart of Italian culinary excellence. Homemade pastas and sauces that dance on the taste buds, and wines and cheeses imported from Italy, add a touch of authenticity to this culinary haven.
After an astonishing 12 decades of serving up perfection, Molinari continues to amaze, drawing in a chorus of praise from satisfied customers. Even the late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain couldn't resist singing their praises. One enthusiastic reviewer exclaims, "Best sandwiches in the city, you will not be disappointed," capturing the sentiment shared by many. Another thrilled customer paints a vivid picture of the Molinari experience: "What a wonderful Italian deli. From the authentic smells, sounds, and flavors, to the perfect location, this place is one that you must experience if you are visiting San Francisco."
So, whether you're a local sandwich enthusiast or a visitor in search of an authentic culinary escapade, Molinari Delicatessen is the place to be. Step into a world where each bite tells a tale of tradition, where 120 years of mastery culminate in a symphony of flavors. Molinari—where the legacy of taste lives on!