Pro-tip: for the best Italian sub you’ve ever eaten in your life, look to the traditional market. Chances are high the bread will be homemade, the meats will be sliced to order, and the toppings will be imported straight out of Italy or crafted with authentic techniques. DiPasquale’s Marketplace in Baltimore does all of the above. The corner store founded by Luigi DiPasquale nearly a century ago, it has flourished into the icon it is today, boasting fully-stocked shelves of pasta sauces, cured meats, condiments, and imported Nutella.
In addition to browsing the provisions, shoppers can head to the dining room for a bite of Italian-American fare, ranging from pizzas and salads to cookies sold by the pound. The Real Italian is the menu’s shining star. Comprised of a quartet of pepper ham, mortadella, salami, and capicola, along with provolone and “everything” on it, the curated ingredients and condiments transform the deli sub into an indulgent revelation. The Arancini Rice Balls may have stolen the show on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (via Food Network) but this Italian sub can’t be beaten. Order it at Brewers Hill, Harborview, and Mastellone Deli and Wine Shop locations, take a bite, chew, swallow, and repeat the whole process all over again.