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Fratello’s Deli & Market Brings a Little, Little Italy to SA

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One teensy flub came in the way of the Lombardo. Equally colossal, if not more so, the breaded chicken cutlet could have used a hint of salt. Still, the sizeable cutlet shared the inside of the baguette with fontina cheese, oven-dried tomatoes, arugula and a creamy basil aioli, so it was easy to overlook the lack of salt.

The sammies come with a hefty side order of delicately fried and, once again, house-made potato chips, sprinkled with crushed red pepper and Parmesan cheese worth the $8 price tag alone.

It’s hard to mention all of the ingredients used to create these dishes without going into the grocery side of Fratello’s Deli & Market. Three aisles stuffed with pantry goodies take up about a quarter of Fratello’s space. The first contains a rack of Italian wines along with canned tomato products, countless olive brands and other marinated bits. The second aisle is made up of just about every shape and form of pasta and several bottles of marinara sauce. Cannoli shells, olive oil, balsamic and house-made frozen ravioli on the third aisle are not to be missed.

Perno has a hand in curating the market, which sources olive oils through San Antonio’s Gaucho Gourmet, as well as Cora specialty spices out of New Jersey and Lioni mozzarella via Brooklyn.

As I wrapped up my last lunch visit on the patio, I noticed folks parking across Broadway and playing a serious game of Frogger to get to Fratello’s. Does that tell you anything about the quality of these eats?

Fratello’s Deli & Market

2503 Broadway
(210) 444-0277
fratellosdeli.com
Best Bets The Vegetali pizza, the antipasto Fratello, the Napoli panini, house potato chips
The Skinny Backed by chef Perno’s 20-plus years of experience, Fratello’s Deli & Market delivers tasty pizzas and giant sandwiches, all made with quality ingredients.
Hours Market and pizzeria, 11 am-8pm  Mon-Sat; Restaurant, 11am-2pm, 5-8pm  Mon-Sat
Prices $7.50-$9.50 starters and sandwiches, $10-$12 pizza

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