I recently discovered Monica’s Mercato on Salem Street in the North End and cannot get enough of it! It reminds me the of the Roman gastronomias I loved so much when studying abroad.
Monica’s Mercato is a deli, cheese, meat, beer, wine and specialty food shop. They serve everything you need to make an Italian feast. There are enough cured meats to satisfy any need. The fresh marinara and daily selection of handmade pastas are delectable. Pasta options change daily and seasonally – for fall I’m looking forward to trying the pumpkin ravioli.
If I’m in the mood for take out lunch or dinner, the prepared sides, salads and subs are perfection. I can’t resist the sides such as buttery, garlicky broccoli rabe, gorgonzola stuffed dates, hot Italian sausages and crispy arancini. The welcoming employees make recommendations for handmade salads with roasted red peppers, grilled vegetables, Sicilian olives and the best balsamic vinegar.