That’s Amore

By Ashley Bennett

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Posted February 20, 2013 in Web Only
Italian food’s originality is a fleeting concept. It’s pretty common to hear Italians (who are either from Italy or have parents who lived there) bashing other Italian joints for not serving “authentic” Italian food. What is real Italian food supposed to be like? Furthermore, can we even count sandwiches as Italian at all? Let’s not get deep here; I’m not Italian and I don’t have the answer to that question. Authenticity is hard to define but deciding what tastes good is easy. And Claro’s Italian Market in Upland is pretty damn good.

It’s one of those old family delis but its more market than anything. There’s only two tables for seating outside (you’ll find no waiters here) and the interior is covered wall-to-wall with imported cheeses, olive dishes, pastas, spices—all sorts of goods. However it’s the deli at Claro’s that makes the place so popular with its well-stocked meats that are both familiar and unique. Don’t forget to take a ticket while you mull over your choice. Pick from one of the deli’s more popular sandwiches (around $6.99) or go all out with a creation of your own. I chose a spicy recommendation but there’s no way you can invent a terrible sandwich here, so feel free to explore the options. Plus they also have a small bakery too where you can eat with Italian spirit while crunching on a fresh cannoli.

Since there’s very little seating, I took my purchase home for a well saturated (but definitely not soggy) lunch. Four different meats, spicy capicola and salami in the mix, packed in with a few very fresh slices of pepper jack cheese (all juiced by way of Italian dressing) made for one satisfying sandwich. Subway will sound repulsive after you’ve had a bite of one of these.


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Claro’s Italian Market, 1655 N. Mountain Ave., Upland, (909) 946-2689; www.store.claros.com. Sun, 9am-2pm. Mon-Tues, Thurs-Sat, 9am-6pm. Closed Wednesdays.


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