One of my recent favorites is Sampinoâ€™s Towne Foods, a wonderful and quirky Italian deli and gourmet meat market on 16th and F Street. I may have never noticed it, tucked away next to 16th Street Donuts. What I really like about Sampinoâ€™s comes down to two things. First, of course, is the quality of the food â€“ magnifico!
And second, the warmth of the place. I swear, I feel more at home at Sampinoâ€™s than I do in my own apartment. The staff at Sampinoâ€™s will do anything you want with the pastas, salads and meats you see behind the glass. You can point to a lasagna and ask them to heap it onto their chicken marsala, then skewer a pastrami sandwich, two porcini mushrooms and a meatball onto the lasagna with toothpicks. And theyâ€™ll do it.
OK, thatâ€™s pretty absurd. But the point is, theyâ€™ll work with you. When Iâ€™m at Sampinoâ€™s, I feel like Iâ€™m hanging out in my friendâ€™s kitchen. Oh and my friend is a butcher with one of the finest delis in Sacramento.
Iâ€™d recommend you check it out the next time youâ€™re downtown, if youâ€™re into casual high-protein Italian dining.