With the addition of the new Luigi’s Italian Market & Deli on The Avenue, Hampden now has four Italian eateries within blocks of each other: Grano Pasta Bar, Emporio Grano, and Daniela’s Pasta and Pastries. Not that I’m complaining. It’s one of my favorite cuisines.
Luigi’s, pictured, has carved out a friendly space among the multi-colored front-porch shops on 36th Street. Just a neighborly whistle away, restaurants The Verandah and Baltimore Burger Bar are also tucked into the strip of row houses. You’re not ever going to go hungry on this street.
I stopped by Luigi’s today and picked up a delicious tonno diavolo sub ($8), pictured, with Sicilian tuna in olive oil, pepper Jack cheese, sliced hot cherry peppers, balsamic vinegar, and field greens. But it’s not just a carryout shop. You can also eat there in the small front dining area if you’d like.
There are several other sandwiches on the menu, including an Italian cold cut, an Isabella with prosciutto, a hot meatball chub, and paninis like the Marcello with roast beef, imported Asiago cheese, extra virgin olive oil, field greens, and tomato.
And if you have a hankering to do your own Italian cooking, Luigi’s offers a selection of sauces, tomatoes, cans of tuna, olives, dry pastas, packaged cookies, and more.
Photos by me