Roma Market

Porsche Davis Casual Cafe | Deli, Eat, Pasadena


One kind of sandwich, two types of bread, is what’s up at Roma Market…in addition to several thousand Italian Imported goods that is. But seriously, where can you go in LA for lunch at $6!! And a damn good one at that.

Roma Market uses the best of the best ingredients in this sandwich. If my Italian roots don’t fail me, I would guess that it’s made with thinly sliced mortadella, capicola, and a layer of salami and provolone. Nothing else. Picture this inside a soft, freshly baked white roll or focaccia bread and bam (in my best Emeril voice)….You have yourself the best Italian sandwich town.

And did I mention its $6! I would ask the Patriarch himself, Mazzeo if my Italian roots have served me well, but he insists that’s what inside the sandwich will always remain a secret. And as long as he’s around, I guess I don’t really need to know, because nothing can come close to a sandwich as simple and delicious as Roma Markets.

I mean Mazzeo makes anywhere from 500-700 of them a day for his loyal following. The sandwiches at Roma Market are wrapped in a millennial pink colored paper and stacked high at the deli case. Plan on an hour, when you are stopping at Roma Market to grab a sandwich.

Not only will Mazzeo keep you entertained by stories of his Italian Roots, but you WILL want to ask him everything. If you’re nice, he might even let you try the olive oil from the olive trees his uncle has in his yard back home in Sicily. He’ll also turn your attention to the imported pastries, jams, oils and of course, pastas.

The kids will be running circles after snacking on Nutella and breadsticks, so you’ll leave with an extra sandwich or two in hand and everyone will leave happy. Roma Market is a true testament to the phrase old school is the best school.


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For those with little
runners & screamers:

Easily forgiven:

Here, you can forget the fact that it’s your rambunctious child that’s screaming and STILL enjoy most of your meal.

Not promoted, but you should take the chance:

If your toddler is at the stage when an iPad or some other colorful distraction can be used for an un-interrupted 20 minutes, then go for it.

Uh-uh, NO WAY, don’t even think about it!:

I don’t care how cute your toddler is. Pop your head in… turn around… walk away. PERIOD.

No contained area:

A place you cannot leave your toddler alone, not even for a second.

Enclosed, but space is tight:

If YOU can’t fit between the tables then you know you couldn’t catch your toddler if they tried – this isn’t Norm’s.


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