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"Walk into Pennisi’s and it’s easy to see why the venerable deli has been around since 1952. If you want to graduate to real sandwiches and stop wasting time at chain sub shops, this is the place. One of its best offerings is the classic muffuletta, made there the same way for, oh, decades. Salami, mortadella, Danish ham and provolone cheese are stacked on a roll (go for Dutch crunch) and heaped with muffulletta spread, which can be bought in jars at specialty markets (giardiniera relish is a close relative). The spread is a piquant mix of chopped olives, peppers, cauliflower, carrot, celery, mushroom, artichoke, onion and garlic in olive oil. The sandwich itself was created in 1906 by Salvatore Lupo at the Central Grocery in New Orleans and isn’t often seen in California." - The Sacramento Bee, 2014


"Dash of the long-time artistry practiced at Pennisi’s Deli.." - News & Review, 2011

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Delicious sandwiches and great service! Good selection of specialty cookies and goodies.

You have awesome sandwiches and I'll be back again.

Their food is great. I love the chicken salad sandwiches. Eating here again today!

The sandwiches and fresh pasta salads are delicious. You definitely get your money's worth. Great customer service.

I thought the sandwiches were amazing! What a great find in downtown Sacramento!!!!

The smell alone says great!

Delicious food and the customer service is great.

Roast Beef on a French Roll tasted like I was in Manhattan,... #nyc #sac wonderful deli and right across the street from the Sacramento Convention Center.

When downtown in the vicinity of the Convention center and you are looking for a real food sandwich, salad, or pasta inspired hot entree Penisi's deli is the spot. Authentic Italian delicatessen is what you get.

The ONLY good meatball sub in downtown Sacramento. Luckily it happens to be incredible.

Maybe the best sandwich I've had out here in Sacramento!

A standout!

Always delicious and one of my favorite lunch spots.

Great spot. The sandwiches are fantastic. Enjoy a turkey cranberry the next time you go in there. Also, stay and eat there and enjoy a lovely bottle of wine. Pennisi's is simply a delight!

This has always been and will always be my favorite place for a good deli sandwich! The owner is awesome, the staff is all polite, and everyone there knows how to make a damn good sandwich. Their bread is brought in fresh daily and tastes fantastic, they have a great selection of meats and their hot dishes are to die for.

Great place. The food is always fresh and excellent quality. Sandwiches and salads are very good. The staff is hard working and polite.


"It's the destination for the muffuletta sandwich, conceived in 1906 in New Orleans. Salami, mortadella, Danish ham and provolone cheese are stacked on a Dutch crunch roll and heaped with muffuletta spread. That’s a piquant mix of chopped olives, peppers, cauliflower, carrot, celery, mushroom, artichoke, onion and garlic in olive oil." - The Sacramento Bee, 2016

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"It’s our new favorite sandwich, after the muffuletta at Pennisi’s Deli." - The Sacramento Bee, 2016


"Hearty sandwiches: Stop wasting time at chain sub shops and step up to the classic muffuletta, “invented” in 1906 in New Orleans and sold at Pennisi’s delicatessen for decades. Salami, mortadella, Danish ham and provolone cheese are stacked on a Dutch crunch roll and heaped with muffuletta spread. It’s a piquant mix of chopped olives, peppers, cauliflower, carrot, celery, mushroom, artichoke, onion and garlic in olive oil." - The Sacramento Bee, 2015


"The star of the sandwich board is the muffuletta, conceived in 1906 in New Orleans and sold at Pennisi's for decades. Salami, mortadella, Danish ham and provolone cheese are stacked on a Dutch crunch roll and heaped with muffuletta spread. That’s a piquant mix of chopped olives, peppers, cauliflower, carrot, celery, mushroom, artichoke, onion and garlic in olive oil." - The Sacramento Bee, 2015


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