The E. 48th Street Market in Dunwoody reminds me of small neighborhood groceries and markets in my parents’ hometown in northern New Jersey. It’s a family-owned and -operated Italian food specialty market – part cafe, part caterer, part grocery – and it’s all family.
Cozily cramped, but spotlessly clean and organized, the E. 48th Street Market has a deli/meat case, prepared foods case, freezer case and bakery counter, along with shelves of Italian imports and wines. They carry homemade fresh pastas, dried pastas, risottos, a wide variety of Italian olive oils, Balsamic vinegars and sauces. The deli and meat case holds imported and domestic cold cuts, cheeses, fresh handmade-daily mozzarella, and a variety of sausages. There is a large selection of olives, including the Market’s own housemade roasted olives, and there is a prepared foods case chock-full of homemade marinated artichokes, roasted garlic, meatballs, pasta dishes, marinated mushrooms, fresh pizza dough . There is also a large variety of Italian wines, all along the side wall and throughout the store. The freezer case also has cooked and cleaned frozen seafood, like mussels, baby clams, calamari, and lots more. The bakery offers too many hearth-baked breads to list, with more than 20 on the take-out menu alone.
Order your lunch or dinner and sit at one of the few inside tables or out on the breezy patio (with ample ceiling fans to keep you cool, even on a hot summer day). The menu has 26 specialty hero sandwiches to choose from, a daily hot lunch special (such as lasagna, open-faced calzones, eggplant casserole and more), pizza by the slice, and create-your-own pasta dishes, among other Italian dishes. Or you can pick up some antipasto and some other delicacies from the prepared foods case to bring home and share with your friends or family, or pick up all the ingredients to make your favorite Italian meal at home from the Italian imported groceries.
Best yet, I stopped in for lunch yesterday and was very pleasantly surprised when they served my sandwich – a #15 (prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, and olive oil on a hoagie roll) – and I found that it was actually on a hard roll! If you’re not from New Jersey or New York you may not know the wonderfulness of the hard roll. Virtually impossible to find anywhere else (and believe me, I’ve tried!), the hard roll is crusty on the outside and soft and chewy inside. E. 48th Street Market bakes theirs (along with all other breads in the bakery) daily, like any good Italian market – it’s so good to know I can finally get one without traveling 1,000 miles.
Note: The E. 48th Street Market will be closed for vacation from July 4th until the 11th. They will reopen at 10:00 AM on Monday, July 12. Get your orders in now to pick up before they close!
WHERE: E. 48th Street Market – 2462 Jett Ferry (at Mount Vernon), Dunwoody, GA 30338