(Last UPDATED 8/2/19) Corti Brothers, located at 5810 Folsom Boulevard, is a long-time Sacramento institution. Known for its gourmet, unique and high-quality imported foods, as well as their quality meats and cheeses, Corti Brothers has served the region since 1947.
Corti Brothers is a bit old-fashioned – and customers like it that way. The store itself reminds one of an era gone by, and I have always found the staff to be friendly and helpful.
Darrell Corti is a well-known wine expert, and Corti Brothers boasts an extensive selection of wine. Have a question as to what wine to serve at a special dinner? I have had friends explain to the wine steward (in the long blue coat) their planned menu and budget and in turn receive one or more recommendations for their consideration.
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After running a series of errands one day recently, I decided to treat myself and stop at the Corti Brothers Deli counter for a sandwich on my way home. Corti Brothers has a great deli – the sandwiches are exceptional. I decided to order The Tuscany (Italian style fennel salame, sun-dried tomato-garlic pesto, Gruyère, fresh spinach leaves and red onion) on a poppy-seed roll. ($7.59)
I knew that a Corti Brothers sandwich would easily make two meals – and that The Tuscany would taste as good on the second day as the first.
One of the most popular sandwiches at the Deli is the Corti Special – you choose the bread (white, whole wheat, sourdough, light or dark rye, multigrain), garnishes (lettuce, tomato, onion, pepperoncini, pickles, mayo, mustard), and cheese (Swiss, Jack, Cheddar, American or Provolone) – and Corti chooses the meat – for only $5.99! Given the quality of all their meats you can’t really go wrong.
You can order your sandwich on-line in advance – which is a really good idea and recommended if you if you are there to pick up lunch during prime time and have a specific time window. The line can get quite long.
I was there a bit before the lunch rush – so I did not have a long wait. As I was standing there waiting for my sandwich I started thinking about dinner.
I knew I had fresh mushrooms and cheese at home – and a mushroom cheese burger sounded very appealing. My next stop was the meat counter – where I purchased a pound of Mike’s Ultimate Ground Beef ($6.99). Mike’s Ultimate Ground Beef makes a burger extra special.
(UPDATED 8/2/19) Darrell Corti, renowned food and wine expert, will be honored late this month with a Sacramento Walk of Stars “star”. One of four honorees, the unveiling of the stars will be held on August 28 at 9:00 a.m. The four stars will be located on 18th Street between Capitol Avenue and L Street.
(UPDATED 9/11/2017) Fun Fact: Corti Brothers made Food & Wine magazine’s list of America’s Best Delis in May 2014. The magazine stated, “The meat department stocks nearly everything, including kangaroo or antelope meat, and their sandwiches are legendary for a reason.”
(UPDATED 10/20/17) Corti Brothers was voted #1 in the 2017 Sacramento Magazine Best of Sacramento survey for: 1) Gourmet Grocery Store; and, 2) Deli.
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