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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2003 10:16 am | Updated: 1:08 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

There are places in town where Italian sub sandwiches do not include bologna.

The people who run these places know that pasta doesn’t start its life hard and dried, in a box.

They also realize their customers want to grate their own fresh, aromatic Parmesan cheese instead of shaking it out of a shiny green can.

These are real Italian delis, where imported meats and cheeses, like capocolla, prosciutto and provolone can be found, along with homemade hot and mild sausages and hand-stuffed cannoli.

The East Valley has a good smattering of these spots, each offering a unique personality and something special you can’t find at the corner big-box grocery. Maybe you want to simmer your own clam sauce. Or perhaps you’re looking for a ready-made hearty Italian meal.

Most of these places have ingredients for both home cooks as well as take-out dinners.

So stop in to one of these independent businesses and take a break from franchise subs and pseudo-pastas. Even if you can’t pronounce focaccia or gnocchi (it’s fo-CAH-cheeah and NO-kee), you’ll be treated like family.

That’s Italian!

Satisfy your craving for provolone or cannoli at one of these real Italian delis:

Capistrano’s Italian Delicatessen & Grocery

31 W. Southern Ave., Tempe (480) 968-0712 Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Offerings: Seating area separate from take-out counter; full deli counter and small selection of imported dry good groceries — Pastene canned tomatoes, artichoke hearts and the like; daily entree specials and a selection of salads and hot and cold sandwiches, including grilled panini sandwiches; to-die-for rice pudding, brownies and cookies made on site.

Capistrano’s Italian Delicatessen & Grocery

655 W. Warner Road, Tempe (480) 496-9044 Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Offerings: Smaller than Capistrano’s on Southern Avenue (mom owns that one, son has this one), but wide variety of sandwiches and fresh salads are good for quick no-frills lunches and carry-out; very small selection of dry pastas and canned goods.

Cappotto’s Italian Deli and Grill

1075 S. Idaho Road, Apache Junction (480) 671-3354 Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday Offerings: More of a restaurant atmosphere than a deli — and an attractive one at that, with dark wood booths and stone-look tile floors; small selection of wines by the glass as well as beer and cocktails; a few shelves of imported groceries (canned sauces, jars of anchovies and pesto, 2-pound jar of chopped garlic); small deli counter with homemade sausages and imported meats and cheeses.

DeFalco’s Italian Grocery & Deli

2334 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale (480) 990-8660 Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday Offerings: Wide selection of grocery items if you plan to make your own meal, from fresh and frozen pastas to various canned goods; extensive deli counter, including sausage made with 88-year-old family recipe; small but cute seating area; about 50 bottles of wine; beer and wine sold by the glass; homemade tiramisu.

Guido’s Chicago Meat & Deli

2057 S. Alma School Road, Mesa (480) 838-7448 Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Offerings: Great variety of hot and cold take-out pastas, including four types of lasagna, stuffed peppers, eggplant Parmesan and more; homemade sausage from a family recipe; wide selection of deli salads; spumoni and Italian ices; full sandwich board, hot entrees and pizza; real Italian roast beef with homemade au jus; homemade hot and mild sausage; decent selection of groceries, including Pastene tomato sauce and pizza sauce.

Guido’s Chicago Meat & Deli

10893 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale (480) 951-0636 Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday Offerings: Everything that Guido’s in Mesa carries and a bit more (Mark Guido’s cousin, Joe Guido, owns this one); more restaurant-like than Guido’s in Mesa; five homemade takeout sauces including alfredo, pomodoro, marinara, clam and pesto.

Sanguigni Pasta Co.

6707 E. McKellips Road, Mesa (480) 654-1054 Hours: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday Offerings: Fresh pasta made on site and also available dried, with unusual flavors such as squid fettucine and porcini linguini; the biggest grocery selection of all the delis, with extensive variety of olive oils, canned goods, spices and jar sauces (with no preservatives or artificial ingredients); wood-fired pizza oven in restaurant area; good deli counter with imported meats and cheeses; excellent and well-priced selection of about 100 bottles of wine; ingredients and tools for serious do-it-yourselfers, such as a pasta maker and giant jars of peeled tomatoes.

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