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Pennsylvania Macaroni Company: Family Italian Market: Strip District, Pittsburgh

The Pennsylvania Macaroni Company in the Strip District neighborhood of Pittsburgh is a local and family institution. This Italian market was founded by the Sunseri Family all the way back in 1902 as brothers making handmade pasta. The organization has constantly grown ever since, and now they have the makings for every kind of Italian dish that you can think of. As soon as you walk in, you are greeted with the aroma of barrels of fresh herbs that are purchased by the scoopful. If you are looking for anything to make Italian food from scratch, Penn Mac, as it is affectionately referred to by Pittsburghers, is the place to go.
Barrels full of spices!
If you turn left as you walk in, you head into the cheese room, a market area that has every cheese you can think of. As you continue into the building, you will find many different kinds of olive oil, available fresh from the keg. They offer bottles, or you can bring your own, to fill and use with all of your cooking, and all at a relatively affordable price. They also carry fresh produce and provide local restaurants and markets with food service supplies. Penn Mac is a place that you need to check out if you are visiting the city. If you live in the city, this is a place that you need to frequent if you want to prepare the freshest and most delicious meals.

For more information on this awesome place, check out their website at https://www.pennmac.com


  1. Great Italian goodies! I get my pizza supplies. Great people too!

  2. When I was a child in the 1960's, I went here several times a month with my Dad and Grandfather. At that time, there were few places on the strip that were suited to the public, most were wholesalers. Several used sawdust to keep their floors dry. Our regular routine always began at Penn Mac, then Parma Sausage, and last Robert Wholey's where we'd often eat a fish sandwich standing in front of the fish tanks before heading home. If I recall correctly the business closed at noon on Saturdays,so we usually left around lunchtime. In the winter, we'd eat in the car tearing apart fresh Italian bread, and eating it with the cheeses and meats. Whenever I go home to PA, I visit here. Although it no longer has the same character, this place still brings back warm memories and I am so thankful they remain in business. A treasure.


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