Fast lifestyles intersect with old world traditions and slow foods in Havertown at Pepperoncini Italian Market and Catering.
Owners Paul DiBona and Tom Defruscio and their partner Dan Duffy added another delicious ingredient to their culinary trifecta in October, a traditional Italian market in Havertown, halfway between their Pepperoncini restaurants in Conshohocken and Phoenixville. Whether it’s a quick bite at lunch or a feast for the whole family, this intimate market adds Italian tradition to every meal.
The sandwich: many offer it, few perfect it and the team behind the Pepperoncini brand make one memorable sandwich. From the staple sandwiches like the classic Italian piled with imported, thinly sliced meats to their original “Mick Meatloaf” with meatloaf, cooper sharp and garlic mayo, each of the market’s 33 sandwiches starts with the best bread in the business—Sarcone’s bread.
First time visitors should start with the Roast Pork or Our Way Sandwiches. The pork is slow cooked with the bone in for 6–8 hours, resulting in a moist, savory sammy topped with freshly roasted broccoli rabe and sharp provolone. After one bite of the Our Way sandwich, thin slices of chicken cutlets breaded with Sarcone’s bread crumbs, roasted red peppers, fontina cheese and sweet garlic mayo, you’ll never crave a sandwich any other way.
Half sandwiches are 12 inches, ranging from $6.50 to $9, and their whole sandwiches are two feet and run between $16.75 and $19. The real steal is their 4 4 6 Classic Havertown Exchange, where any of their four classics—the Roast Pork, Roast Beef, Meatball Parm and Sausage Scallopini—comes with a bag of chips for $6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.
“One of the things we hear all the time is that Havertown needed a place like this,” said Pepperoncini team member Albert Defruscio. “We just did a delivery to the Lawrence Park Industrial Center and the following day the girl called back, ordered again and said, ‘I just want to let you guys know that we’ve been here in business for 20 years, ordering lunch every day. I’m used to pizza shops and hoagies that are just thrown together. Your place is like having South Philly brought to Havertown.”
Pepperoncini’s enormous menu goes beyond soups, salads and sandwiches: the market also offers a variety of strombolis, pasta entrees and pizzas made with homemade marinara sauces that always come out thin, well done and crispy. The market’s shelves and cases are stocked with Springfield Pasta Company, homemade veal, pork, and beef meatballs, red sauce, soups, pasta salads, olive oil, cannolis, biscotti, baked goods, chunks of cheeses, rolls, and imported deli meat available by the pound.
Families with busy schedules shouldn’t have to sacrifice flavor for convenience. Pepperoncini’s family style meals of roasted chicken, meatloaf and ravioli feed four to six and are available for $33 after 3 p.m. during the week. Pepperoncini Italian Market offers catering for your next gathering, whether you require a sandwich tray for a Phillies game gathering or full service catering for your wedding, communion, or graduation party.
All day call-ahead ordering and delivery after 4 p.m. can be placed by calling (484) 454-5995.Pepperoncini Italian Market is located at 101 W. Eagle Road in Havertown; store hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.