Salem Street’s best destination just may be Monica’s Mercato, a grocery and deli especially renowned for its Italian subs. Operated by the Mendoza brothers since 1995, Monica’s Mercato sources local ingredients where possible for handmade pastas and freshly baked breads.
Taking a look at the sandwich menu brings a list of can’t-miss favorites: Cuban, chicken parm, chicken cutlet, and caprese subs. But the Italian sub is what Monica’s serves up most frequently, with prosciutto, mortadella, salami, provolone, lettuce, tomato, onion, oil, balsamic, hots, and pickles.
Runner up: the Italian steak tip with provolone, lettuce, tomato, onion, oil, balsamic, hots, and pickles.
Be warned – even the small size is a substantial portion. Expect a line and a wait