March 26, 2010
Sampino's Towne Foods now has Saturday hours

Maybe you're like me and you've told friends about how good the food is at Sampino's at 16th and F streets, especially the sandwiches and the meats, and you appreciate the attitude in the shop that is so old-school it's inspiring.

But the charming Italian deli and gourmet meat market with the seriously good food didn't have the most accommodating hours for those who didn't live or work near there. Now, folks who are not able to get to Sampino's during the week (they officially close at 4 p.m., though they are often open later) have a chance to go on Saturdays.

Sampino's just started opening Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This deli has some of the best sandwiches in town, including my favorite, the superb "Le Rustique" -- prosciutto with warm, gooey brie and a dash of Tabasco on a very nice ciabatta.

But that's not all. Owner Michael Sampino, who works alongside his dad Bill (a veteran butcher from Corti Brothers and David Berkley), told me he recently bought out the entire beer inventory at Rick's Uptown Market just before it closed. What's he doing with the stash? On Saturdays, he's giving it away as a customer appreciation gesture.

Now that's old school.

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