Unless Italy just annexed Iraq, this is not an Italian market.
But that's not a bad thing. It has a pretty good sized deli case, with lots of cool Middle Eastern stuff like hommus, tabouli, baba ghanoush, lots of olives, stuffed grape leaves and the normal ham, turkey, etc.
There's also lots of canned and bottled stuff, and a good selection of refrigerated sauces and cheeses. Everything from a little can of hommus to a huge Smart & Final (Fart & Smile) - sized can of dolmades. Also a nice selection of pita.
I asked the man behind the counter for a Middle Eastern sandwich, and he suggested the falafel sandwich. I was a little leery, as I've had some pretty bad falafels recently. He said "They're fresh, very good."
So I went for it. And he was right. They were still warm, and the sandwich was delicious. It was on a large pita bread, and had the falafels, lettuce, tomato, some tahini sauce and sliced dill pickles. I never would have thought to put dill pickles in there, but they totally made the sandwich. It was perfect to have the sourness of the pickles to offset the creaminess of the tahini. And the textures were also complementary.
The sandwich (which was good-sized), with a bottle of Martinelli's apple juice was $6. I'm definitely going back.
Italian Middle-Eastern Market
13246 Riverside Drive (at Fulton)
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