Best Italian Grocery: Di Pasquale's

3700 Gough St., (410) 276-6787,

This Highlandtown staple which opened in 1914 is now in its fourth generation of ownership. We love to head over, shop in the Italian wine section, pick up some raw beans, grab a loaf of freshly baked bread, sample the pretty vast selection of Italian meats and cheeses, or buy a jar of the real Nutella, in the glass jars. Di’s is also a gathering spot for the local Italian community who dine on the house-made meatball subs while discussing the mass at the nearby Our Lady of Pompei church. With the chains creeping in from nearby Canton, the persistence of Di Pasquale’s is more important than ever.

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