Did you know that Downtown Los Angeles once had a thriving Little Italy? Not much of the old Italian neighborhood remains, except for the Eastside Market Italian Deli. It is probably the last remaining true Italian deli in the DTLA area. It opened as Eastside Market in 1929. The “Italian Deli” wasn’t added until 1974. This place is a DTLA landmark located in the area west of the 110 and north of the 101. At lunchtime parking can be a bit difficult, but keep driving around. Once you get inside you won’t be disappointed.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays they offer up the Lasagna with Meatball special ($9.80). I don’t have an Italian grandma, but if I did this is exactly how she would have made it.
The most popular item on the menu is the #7. It’s a hot sandwich stuffed with roast beef, pastrami and cheese ($9.40). This thing is huge. You won’t hear anyone complaining about small portions here. The #7 is not the easiest thing to eat. It’s a bit messy, but it’s delicious.
This place is a favorite of the Los Angeles Police Department. When we were there the place was packed with LAPD officers in uniform. Apparently this place is popular with people from the District Attorney’s Office. There’s something on the menu called the D.A. Special. It’s a Sausage, Meatball, Roast Beef And Pastrami Sandwich ($13.40). I can’t imagine one person eating this entire thing.
You have to check out the Eastside Market Italian Deli. Be sure to bring your appetite because the portions are massive.
Eastside Market Italian Deli 1013 Alpine Street 213.250.2463