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A visit to E. 48th Street Market

Red sauce galore: Eggplant casserole

Red sauce galore: Eggplant casserole

Where is E. 48th Street in Dunwoody? You know — east side. Right above 47th Street.

I have to admit that I heard about the E. 48th Street Market from colleagues soon after moving to Atlanta, and for the first few years I lived here I, um, assumed the streets were numbered in Dunwoody. I may even have, um, once gone looking for it and stopped and asked in a gas station where 48th Street was.

It has only taken me 13 years to make it to this delightful, straight-from-the-Northeast Italian deli and market on Jett Ferry Road, and I’m so glad I did.

Named for the address of a New York store run by owner Charlie Augello’s uncle, E. 48th St. Market is the kind of cramped, friendly, mildly chaotic food emporium that will remind you of the way markets used to be. A huge assortment of fresh baked breads and pastries, deli meats, prepared foods, dry goods, frozen ingredients and wine manage to pack into a space where you will, happily, bump into other shoppers. In spirit this place — which has been open for nearly 25 years — is more akin to a Vietnamese market on Buford Highway than to the more refined Italian markets, like EatZi’s, we’ve seen over the years.

Here’s what we sampled:

photo 2At lunch, most customers get one of the signature hero sandwiches, such as this tuna version ($5.99). I saw a number of folks loading up on sandwiches filled with soppressata, roasted peppers and Italian cheeses.

I ordered the eggplant casserole ($6.75), above, which had a tasty layering of peeled baked (not fried) eggplant with cheeses under a boatload of marinara. Loved it.

photoMy friend ordered this open faced calzone ($5.99), which she really enjoyed. I took a bite and have to admit I wasn’t a fan. Squishy bread, leathery re-melted cheese and spongy sausage cubes combined into something that reminded me of an airport concession’s personal pan pizza. That good marinara helped.

After lunch, I wandered around the store and made a mental note of the nitrogen wine-by-the-glass dispenser. What a cool place to come after work for a glass of wine.

photo 3The shelves were stocked with all kinds of great Italian products, such as branches of dried wild oregano, San Marzano tomatoes and this hard durum flour.

photo 2I had a hazelnut biscotti (great, one of a dozen flavors) and this great espresso at the counter, and chatted a bit with the nice folks who run the place.

photo 4I brought some of the house-made mozzarella home, and we enjoyed it with good olive oil and sea salt.

photo 5And then I tossed penne pasta with some of this mild and 100% satisfying bolognese sauce I snagged from the freezer. Note to self: always keep this stuff around, and my children will never stop loving me.

30 comments Add your comment

Alex Wallach

May 20th, 2010
1:13 pm

This is THE place to go in the summer to get your freshly made mozzarella to combine with your homegrown tomatoes to make Capresi (sp?) at home. Everything I have ever tried there is good, but the homemade mozarella itself could justify the store’s existence.

reservoirDAWG

May 20th, 2010
1:18 pm

They also hace/had a great muffaletta. I haven’t been in years, so thanks for the reminder.

reservoirDAWG

May 20th, 2010
1:18 pm

that’s have.

Emily R

May 20th, 2010
1:25 pm

Arrg! Did you have to tell everybody? They are crowded enough already, now they will be mobbed! For you next visit, they make the BEST Italian sausage I have ever eaten, I keep it in the freezer and grill one every time I have spaghetti. Their cannolis are also great and you can get a mini one which is just right for a post lunch treat. The black olives with lemon and green olives with celery is addictive and you should also try their pre-made pizza dough in the fridge case for when you are too lazy to make your own. Did I mention that they are some of the friendliest people around? Go twice and you will be family.

Jan

May 20th, 2010
1:50 pm

Their cheesecakes are wonderful!

Reds

May 20th, 2010
2:50 pm

Wow….. *puts it on the must try list* What’s your “always loved” bolognese recipe? :) fresh pizza dough? Will have to grab some.

Reds

May 20th, 2010
3:27 pm

Speaking of pizza dough…. i am going to try to grill pizza this weekend. any tips?

Tom

May 20th, 2010
4:28 pm

I have been looking for a market like this in Cobb County – I moved here from NY 1.5 years ago and really miss this kind of place. Anyone know of similar venue up this way?

reservoirDAWG

May 20th, 2010
4:29 pm

Reds, don’t play around with. Just flip once and then finish in the oven.

Rodney

May 20th, 2010
4:55 pm

Have loved it for years but rarely make the trip! Now I’ve gotten the bug again – thanks for the reminder!

fyi – I believe I’ll have bolognese tonight. Something about it sounds so good right now.

Leslie

May 20th, 2010
5:37 pm

Yikes, I’m salivating. Wish I’d read this earlier in the day; I would have jumped into my car and driven right over. Tomorrow. Can’t wait. Thank you!

ted

May 20th, 2010
5:47 pm

Guess there are good things about the AJC’s exodus to the hinterlands. Next- pimento cheese sandwich at Wright’s Gourmet and bento box at Wasabi House (not mind-blowing but solid for lunch).

Atlanta Native

May 20th, 2010
8:19 pm

We have been eating here for years! The attitude of the staff, brusk but courteous, makes it such an authentic experience. Try the lasagnas and the marinated peppers. This is perfect dinner takeout. You warm it at home and !!!!!!

Dunwoody Dan

May 20th, 2010
8:21 pm

The Tuna Tower at Wasabi’s is second to none.

I like E. 48th, especially the peppers stuffed with cheese. The bread on the subs could be better..

Road Scholar

May 20th, 2010
8:47 pm

This place is great! The italian sausage is the best you can get in a retail store! Their deli counter is just like one in an Italian neighborhood. It’s family run and the people are always cordial and helpful. Good selection of Italian wines.

Charlie, I’m still waiting for you to make the homemade Italian pork for sandwiches….Hmmmm!

Marie

May 20th, 2010
9:20 pm

I have loved E 48th for years!
And they make great to-go boxes for a Chastain/Verizon-type event.

Lisa

May 21st, 2010
8:27 am

@tom, we live in Cobb too and have for 30 years now and there is NOTHING like this Deli anywhere around.

Anita Augello

May 21st, 2010
9:54 am

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Anita Augello

May 21st, 2010
9:56 am

Just ask Charlie how to grill a perfect pizza and he will be delighted to give you step by step instructions. He may even give you some suggestions for some different toppings.

John Kessler

May 21st, 2010
1:00 pm

Thanks for jumping in, Anita!

Msquared

May 21st, 2010
1:58 pm

Be careful when you buy Cannolis. Someone always dies after the cannolis get to the car.

Sorka

May 21st, 2010
3:06 pm

I have not been to this place in years, as I no longer live in Dunwoody. I’m glad to know it is still thriving and delivering such great product. This was always one of my favorite places – just great quality. It just goes to show you that in Atlanta, you cannot be snobbish when it comes to strip centers – there are some great restaurants and food stores hidden there.

Rick

May 21st, 2010
3:11 pm

I go there 2-3 times per week, sometimes more, for lunch and once a week without fail to stock up on the best red italian wine you can find anywhere (ask for Mike for wine recommendations). They still have the mufaletta (had it last Tuesday) and it’s the best I’ve ever had. Charlie, Andrea, Mike, Ronnie and Bert. They’re the best. It’s my favorite place in town.

Fred

May 21st, 2010
5:48 pm

Thanks for the tip Alex. When my tomatoes in my garden ripen, I’ll head there for some cheese. My Greek neighbors turned me on to an awesome brand of olive oil. Add some fresh basil and a touch of Balsamic ……….. yum. I can’t wait.

jane burkett

May 24th, 2010
9:30 am

We live in Gainesville and any time we are in Atlanta we take our cooler and stock up on many favorites. If you have not tried their olive oil it’s a must! I understand that Charlie hand picks the olives in Umbria. Can’t get much fresher.

Brian

May 24th, 2010
10:27 am

Fred – what is the brand of olive oil??

Ilovefood

May 24th, 2010
12:00 pm

I’m so glad you got a chance to experience this gem I have loved for years. The Lasagna is amazing and the meatballs are so yummy I tend to overeat! Don’t forget to try some of the shelf items from the pantry like the pastas. Great take home!

Charlie

May 26th, 2010
2:52 pm

Road Scholar…. The spicy roasted pork will be ready to slice Friday morning. See you then

Mary Lynn

May 26th, 2010
6:14 pm

This family is the greatest..makes you feel like you are part of the family when you enter the store. I am Italian and this is the best besides my own cooking. The pull apart bread is to die for, best pizza dough, and yes we have grilled it. Try the fresh mozzarella roll with the meat or vegatables. Slice it put it on top of a slice of Itlaian garlic bread and put it under the broiler to melt..The best with a glass of wine of course.

Sissy Luciani

June 4th, 2010
9:32 am

Fantastic food, great service, wonderful family and staff. Wine selection is incredible.