I've heard many say downtown really needs a good supermarket.
Well, after going to the walk-in space at Santisi's Wholesale Foods for the first time, I can say with confidence that downtown has a place that may fit a large portion of your weekly shopping needs.
Located over the red Mr. Peanut Bridge in the Mahoning Commons (across the street from the Calvin Center Idea Incubator), Santisi's offers a full deli, fresh vegetables, eggs, butter, frozen foods, pasta, sauces, homemade dried sausage, imported european goods, and a plethora of cheese options.
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Nutella and McCann's Irish Oatmeal!
Well, there's about half of my diet right there on one shelf.
I saw beet-pickled eggs, I saw pierogi, I saw mozzarella balls in liquid, I saw olive oils and balsamic vinegars and tomato sauces of all variety and sauces.
If this place had juice and bread, I really think I could do 100% of my grocery shopping there. I was quite surprised with the variety.
Please note northsiders and those working downtown, you do have additional options in life compared to shopping in the suburbs.
It's definitely sad the Union Plaza Sparkle recent closed, but at first glance Santisi's provides the options for you to not go to Wal-Mart for every one of your needs, and not go to the far, far away expensive Eagle which shall not be named.
Santisi's offers shoppers the chance to stop in for lunch, and walk away with a piece of homemade sausage, a wedge of cheese, and a drink - or for shoppers to support local businesses with their grocery needs.
Their signs say open till 6pm on the weekdays, till 2pm on Saturdays.
Remember to shop local, and keep the money in our community.