The Brothers Di Bruno…

…are, by Philadelphia standards, far more famous and important than the brothers Karamazov–and for good reason.  Since it was founded in the 1930’s, the city’s famous Di Bruno Brothers market features an incredible selection of freshly made meals to go, imported cheeses, Italian delicacies, meats, seafood and sweets.

“In Boston they ask, how much does he know?  In New York, how much is he worth?  In Philadelphia…who were his parents?” ― Mark Twain

The place is constantly bustling and its staff members circulate frequently among customers, ensuring you always have assistance.  I cannot imagine going anywhere else in the morning, for example, for coffee and an almond croissant as its coffee bar is an indispensable part of the morning ritual.

© David-Kevin Bryant

Upstairs is a cafe serving daily specials, freshly made salads, sandwiches, and soups.  A word of both praise–and caution–as the sandwich portions are huge.  The chicken cutlet sandwich, pictured below on the right, is like heaven on earth and features a couple of chicken breasts on freshly baked bread.  Two people can easily share one order.  And the kettle chips accompanying it are more than generous.  They’re as addictive BTW as a bag of M & M’s so you might want to even order a second portion to take home.

© David-Kevin Bryant


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