Founded in 1947 by Frank Corti and his brother Gino Corti, Corti Brothers’ mission was to expand the culinary experiences of Sacramentans. They chose to do this by offering delicacies and wines not readily available elsewhere in the area, thereby providing residents with an appreciation for diverse cuisines. The brothers also sought to hire people who were interested in the products they sold. Gino would say, “At Corti Brothers we just don’t hand people products, we also talk food with them.”
Not much has changed over the years as Corti Brothers has progressively moved into the 21st century. The store has still retained the old world charm that has long been their trademark. Their old fashioned deli provides the best of both worlds, bringing Sacramentans the latest innovations in the meat and cheese world, yet served the old fashioned way by a person with friendliness and good cheer.
Corti’s sandwiches are some of the best in Sacramento, ranging from a fabulous BLT to store specialties like The Michelangelo, The Chesapeake Bay and the Tuscany to name a few. In addition, their grocery department is a treasure chest of unique, hard-to-find items from around the world. They are surely an Italian grocery store specializing in imported foods with product you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the area. With over 200 different beers, 250 pastas and over 70 olive oils, their selection is a veritable delight whether shopping for a holiday party or an intimate dinner for two. They also have an excellent selection of wines from around the world and very knowledgeable wine stewards to assist with any questions or particular selections.
My favorite thing to do is to run into Corti’s to grab their homemade beef ravioli, red sauce, warm bread, head of romaine and their homemade Corti’s croutons. It can be whipped up for dinner in 15-minutes and you look like a culinary superstar!