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Exploring The Italian Market (Part 1): The Original Di Bruno Brothers

Sample the diverse tastes of Di Bruno Bros. antipasti bar and wide variety of meats and cheeses. Be sure to try the house-made burrata! Photo: S. Viggiano for GPTMC.

Nestled amongst the diverse storefronts of the Italian Market is the original location of legendary Philadelphia gourmet shop, Di Bruno Brothers.

Philadelphia’s Italian Market is one of the most vibrant old neighborhoods still thriving today. As you stroll down 9th Street, prepare to smell hot breads rising in ovens, warm spices of simmering tomato sauces and the crisp essence of fresh fruits and vegetables that line the sidewalks. Renowned as the oldest and largest outdoor market in the country, the 9th Street Italian Market constantly brims with mouth-watering sights and smells—not to mention history.

In 1936, immigrants Danny and Joe Di Bruno began a culinary legacy that helped to put Philadelphia’s Italian Market on the map. Don’t be fooled by the small size of the 9th Street Di Bruno Brothers; it is jam-packed with gourmet delights! Upon walking in, you are thrown into the most pleasant sensory overload imaginable. Meats hang from the ceiling, jams line the walls and hundreds of cheeses border the store’s perimeter. Luckily, Di Bruno Brothers staff is more than happy to help you sample their vast selections of cheeses, meats and their antipasti bar.

Deemed by New York Magazine as “the best thing to come out of Philly since the cheesesteak”, Di Bruno Brothers’ handmade burrata is a must-try. Burrata is a classic Italian cheese delicacy–a pouch of mozzarella lovingly filled with a creamy mixture of stracciatella and curd. Following Italian tradition, as it’s made, the Di Bruno burrata is wrapped with a leek to signify its freshness. If the leaf is green, it’s newly made and if it’s browning, you know it’s not as fresh. The house-made burrata is available in traditional-style, porcini mushroom, white truffle and pesto.

Learn more about the burrata-making process from Di Bruno Bros. VP, Emilio Mignucci.


Note: Di Bruno Brothers Gift Baskets are the perfect gift for any foodie this holiday season. They are now available for pre-order and can be customized on the Di Bruno website.

Italian Market
930 S. 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145
215.922.2876 | www.dibruno.com

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