You can’t help but take your camera out when you walk into this North Beach institution dating back to 1896. It’s a food sensory overload. Everywhere you look, shelves, counters, and rafters are filled with jars of colorful sauces, olive oils, cheeses, and imported wines. Did I mention the salami? All sizes of red and white salamis hang from strings, creating a savory curtain. Molinari’s is the perfect place to grab a thick meat-stuffed sandwich and picnic supplies; I recommend taking your feast to Washington Square Park two blocks away at Columbus and Union Streets. Open Monday through Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 7:30am to 5:30pm.
- Erika Lennert