Best Delicatessen, 2014:
There’s more to Papa’s Food Market than fresh-sliced luncheon meats at the counter. There are meats handcut by owner Ralph Papa himself, homemade sauces and meatballs, fresh produce, Italian- label groceries, all the staples and Tastykakes. Any deli worth the name must sell Tastykakes.
At Papa’s Food Market, owner Ralph Papa cuts beef, veal and other meats the old-school way. There are plenty of Cento products like gardiniera salad and imported olives. But what gets us is the cappicola. In a counter stocked with top-quality cold cuts and cheeses, that cappicola reigns as the spiciest, tastiest, best in town. Grab a pile, a good loaf of fresh Italian bread and some of Papa’s olive oil, then make yourself a sandwich. Don’t forget the Tastykake. It ain’t a deli if it doesn’t sell Tastykakes.