MOLINARI'S HAS FANTASTIC SANDWICHES! THE PEOPLE THAT WORK THERE ARE JUST AMAZING TO WATCH AND LISTEN TO. WE GO TO SAN FRANCISCO JUST TO EAT AND MOLINARI'S IS THE FIRST STOP WE MAKE.
Best Delicatessens – Best Italian Deli - 2006
There was a time when North Beach was dotted with wonderful Italian delis. Luckily, the one that remains is as good as ever. (And remarkably reasonable, considering its location.) Overstuffed sandwiches start at $4.50, for the dependably tasty Molinari Italian Combo (on your choice of hard or soft French roll; rosemary, seeded, or sweet baguette; or whole wheat or Dutch crunch bread), and go up to $8.25, for the Luciano Special (Parma prosciutto, sweet coppa, fresh mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, onions, and lettuce on grilled focaccia). Between these two price points are dozens of possibilities, including several salames, soppressata, a number of hams, beef roasted with Italian herbs, and oven-roasted pork loin. The crowded shelves and cases beckon: You can take home prepared foods as well as imported pasta, cheese, canned goods, olive oil everything you need to create an Italian feast.