The Bottom Line
If you have a craving for a huge sandwich but only want to spend a little coin for lunch consider visiting Mazzaro Italian Market. The wait time will suck but the food will satisfy from the first bite until the last.
- The food is delicious!
- All the sandwiches are less than $6.
- For the cost the portions are huge.
- During lunch the wait is long!
- The area where you order lunch is small and cramped.
- The dining area is outside.
- Address: 2909 22nd Avenue N., St. Pete, Fla.
- Phone: (727) 321-2400
- Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Sunday Closed
- Parking: Extremely limited parking in the back of the restaurant. Parking is the worst at lunch time so if going with several people I strongly suggest carpooling.
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Guide Review – Mazzaro Italian Market
With 25 different sandwiches to choose from, deciding what you want to eat at Mazzaro's Italian Market. The good news is you will most likely have plenty of time to decide while waiting in line. During the lunch hours the line gets crazy long. You will have to pull a service number and wait for it to be called just to order while waiting in small cramped space filled with dozens of items you will probably want to buy.
Every where you turn in Mazzaro's Italian Market is another item that will probably tickle your taste buds. Focus on the goal though; you came for lunch and lunch you will order! Cold and hot sandwiches are both available. Some of the options for cold include: the #1 with Ham and Capicola; the #5 Muffuletta with Ham, Martadella, Salami, Provolone and Olives; The #8 Tuna Salad. All cold sandwiches come dressed with Provolone cheese, Italiam slaw, onions, roasted peppers, tomatoes and Romaine lettuce.
Some of the hot sandwich options include: the #15 Chicken Caesar Wrap with grilled chicken strips, Romaine lettuce and shredded parmesan on a rosemary garlic tortilla; the #20 Hot Italian with ham, salami, pepperoni, provolone, shredded lettuce, tomato, banana peppers and Italian dressing; the #25 Chicken/Eggplant Parmesan with breaded chicken breast/ baked eggplant, Provolone cheese and homemade sauce on a soft hoagie.
If a sandwich is against your dietary restrictions consider a salad. They have chef salads, large and small garden salads, Greek Salads and Chicken Caesar salads available.
If the idea of just sandwich or a salad makes you sad they also offer a soup of the day for $2.50 a pint or $5 a quart.
After you receive your order you will make your way outside to the cashier to pay and dine in the covered patio area. Or you could always get it to go.
Thought you were done? Oh no! Dessert is a completely separate experience. Near the doors to the patio area is a large refrigerated area filled to the brim with pastries, cannolis, cookies, cupcakes and so many sweets that you might just become mildly diabetic by simply looking into the case.
After you have completely gorged yourself with your over sized sandwich and sweet dessert you may decide you want to take a piece of Mazzaro’s home with you. The market side of Mazzaro’s has wine, beer, cheese, meats, gelato, handmade pastas, specialty sauces, fresh ground coffees, cakes, pies and so much more for sale. You can find everything you could possibly think of to make a large Italian feast at home with as much or as little effort as you want to put into it at Mazzaro’s.
Just visiting Mazzaro’s is quite an experience. Everyone that works there seems to genuinely care about using the highest quality products to make the most delicious food possible. Although it seems like the place is a cluster there is an order to everything and it’s actually quite organized. You will come in hungry, see lots of new things you might not have ever seen before and go home stuffed.