Martini’s Italian Market, Paoli

January 9th, 2011


When news broke that Martini’s Italian Market was coming to the Paoli Village Shoppes, I’ll admit the name had me expecting a Carlino’s-style market that focused on prepared food and Italian products. In reality, however, Martini’s — which is run by relatives of the Martini’s who ran the eponymous restaurant in Devon for many years — is firstly a sandwich shop and cafe, with a wide variety of creative and interesting hoagies and sandwiches and a surprisingly ample seating area. There is also a small selection of prepared foods and dinners available to go, along with a small, interesting (if a bit haphazard) selection of pastas and other Italian goodies.

Though there are 5 or 6 takes on the Italian Hoagie on the menu, we immediately focused on the “House Special” ($6.99): roasted porchetta with broccoli rabe, sharp provolone on a Sarcone’s-style sesame semolina hoagie roll. Good Italian pork sandwiches aren’t exactly hard to find in this area, but this one is a formidable addition to the already great local selection. The salty pork and gravy pairs effortlessly with the bitter greens and the sharp cheese, and the wonderful toasty roll sops up those flavors like a pro. (The first menu, btw, stated this came on a Kaiser Roll — they certainly made the right call ditching that idea!)

Another excellent sandwich option is the “Paoli Specialty” ($6.95), a proscuitto & ricotta panini that spins the classic Sicilian vastedda. The ciabatta bread was crusty outside but fresh and soft within, and the creamy ricotta, bitter arugula and salty ham (I’m sensing a theme here) were an excellent pairing, if a bit messy. There was far more proscuitto than ever needs to be on a sandwich (this rich, savory type of ham is much better in small quantities), but it was easy to remove some (and my dog was quite happy). In addition, I would love to see this sandwich served warm throughout instead of just crisped on the outside.

Moving away from the Italian theme for a minute, I’m a sucker for the Thanksgiving-style hoagie, so “The Babs” ($7.25) had to be tried. Described as a “classic turkey hoagie with cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce and mayo”, and served on that same Sarcone’s-style roll, The Babs gives The Bobbie — Capriotti’s King-of-all-Thanksgiving-hoagies sandwich — a serious run for its money. No joke – this is one of the best I’ve had. The turkey is so fresh and roasty, with none of that processed cold-cut slime, and the cranberries and stuffing add classic freshness. The roll’s subtle but crucial toasted sesame flavor is what takes it to the next level.

Martini’s dinner menu includes simple classics like spaghetti, ravioli and Chicken or Veal Parmigiana, as well as a daily dinner special for each night of the week. We tried the baked meat lasagna, which was rich and flavorful without being too heavy. It was quite cheesy, but the meat was used with a bit more restraint. The sauce was a bit oversweet, but used some interesting spices (cinnamon and/or vanilla, maybe?). At around $16 for two huge pieces, this was certainly a nice take-out dinner for a busy night.

Lastly there are a wide variety of dried and frozen pastas (including a large selection from Springfield Pasta), a selection fresh Italian cheeses, as well as various and sundry gourmet goodies. Olive oil lovers might check out the refillable-bottle deal: buy a large glass bottle of EVOO filled from the big tin for $18, and refill the bottle for $14 going forward. Martini’s also carries One Village Coffee beans, a MLD reader favorite and a nice alternative to the mass-produced Starbucks or Saxby’s available nearby.

Overall Martini’s is an excellent addition to the neighborhood. The staff is friendly and willing to chat in depth about the food, which is simple but well-made and tasty. Get down there and try it!




Martini’s Italian Market
Paoli Village Shoppes
17 Paoli Plaza
Paoli, PA 19301
Phone: 610-644-3800
Fax: 610-644-3900
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9:00am to 7:00pm

14 Responses to “Martini’s Italian Market, Paoli”

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  1. Barbara Ann says:

    Went to a Thursday Bistro Night…..UNBELIEVABLE!!! Fantastic Food. BYOB and enjoy. Will definitely go again. Every Thursday from 5-8. A lot of fun.

  2. Luigi says:

    Went there Jan. 22nd out of the blue. They had a cooking demo going on that was alot of fun. The food they prepared was excellent..I just kept eating. I asked the owner Bill if he could make something special that was not on the sandwick menu. It was a cold pork Hoagie with sharp provolone and long hot peppers. They not only hit a homerun with this but a grand slam…When I return to Philly this will be the first place I visit. Try the sandwich someday, you’ll love it.

  3. KANDIE says:

    WOW,this place is great

    great people
    great food
    great prices

    I JUST LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Angela says:

    So glad to have a REAL Italian market in the neighborhood. The food is excellent, and the staff makes you feel like your family. Thank you Martini’s Market!!

  5. Maggie says:

    Fantastic sandwiches!!! I remember Martini’s in Devon. It was outstanding. Martini’s Market is just as good. The employees are so friendly and they make you feel at home. I love the refillable olive oil…it has a great taste and the price is right. Anyone who remembers Martini’s Restaurant should definitely stop in. I’m glad they’re back!!!

  6. ann marie graves says:

    Great place, I haven’t had a bad meal here yet. Every neighborhood needs a cozy place like this. Makes me feel like I am home when I go there.

  7. Papadick58 says:

    Stopped by for lunch. I second the positive comments o the Italian Wedding Soup. Also had a hot Italian Hoagie that was perfect as well. Everything is fresh and clean and the staff makes you feel welcome and comfortable.

  8. Catherine Band says:

    Clean restaurant with delicious food.

    Real Italian Wedding Soup- even better than my grandmother could ever make.

    I heard the lasagna is out of sight too.

  9. Lauren Palys says:

    Martini’s Market is fantastic for so many reason – mostly because of the delicious meals but it is also a great place to find a unique gift. I highly recommend the canoli cake – to die for!

  10. Stevie says:

    Just for clarification, one of the owners of Martini’s Restaurant (Buff) had three sons and a daughter. The other co-owner had daughters. Buff’s sons and daughter are not involved in this venture. The owner of Martini’s Italian market is a cousin of the restaurant owners and was not involved in the running of the restaurant.

    • Natalie DiMartini says:

      Just for clarification, who cares? And for your information, the “other” co-owner’s name was TONY.

      • Sandy says:

        The owner of Martini’s Market is a son of Lou DiMartini who co-owned a second family restaurant with his brother Tony…It was called the Bella Villa. So, no matter how you look at it, it’s “all in the family”.

    • Luigi says:

      Look no matter how you look at it, the food is great the people made me feel at home and the service was excellent !! Makes me wonder if the old Martini’s was like that. If it was, the tradition goes on.

  11. eileen sandor says:

    old martinis was the best

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