Founded in 1947 by Frank Corti and his brother Gino Corti, Corti Brothers' mission was to expand the culinary experiences of Sacramentans by offering delicacies and wines not readily available elsewhere in the Sacramento area, thereby providing them with an appreciation for diverse cuisines. Toward this end, he sought to hire people who were interested in the products they sold. He would say, "At Corti Brothers we just don't hand people products, we also talk food with them."
The Man and His Mission:
Frank's goal to educate was literally embodied in his son Darrell, whose reputation for an encyclopedic knowledge of food and wines attracts queries from around the world. As told by Ruth Reichel, editor of Gourmet Magazine, in her memoir Comfort Me with Apples, Colman Andrews, editor of Saveur Magazine described Darrell as the man "Who knows more about food and wine than anyone else in the world."
In 1967, as an insider's insider, Darrell started a newsletter, now in it's 38th year of publication, featuring rare, high quality food items and wines discovered during his travels in Europe and Asia. The newsletter is prized for it's wealth of information including essential details about a product's history, uses, modes of production and other esoteric information. Never dull, Darrell is known for free expression of his wide ranging opinions, which are often iconoclastic and seldom sugar-coated.
Darrell's contribution to the food and wine literacy of his friends, associates and customers has been considerable. He played a large role in the development of wine production in Amador County. He was made a Cavaliere, the Italian equivalent of knighthood, by the Italian Government, for his efforts in promoting Italian products, not the least of which was the almost single-handed introduction of Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale to America.
Corti Brothers in the 21st Century
Much has changed over the years as Corti Brothers has progressively moved into the 21st century, but we've still retained the Old World charm that has long been our trademark. Our old fashioned deli provides the best of both worlds, bringing you the latest innovations in the meat and cheese world, yet served the old fashioned way by a person with friendliness and good cheer.
Our deli has an excellent selection of meats and cheeses that never fails to delight. Our sandwiches are some of the best in Sacramento, ranging from the staples you've come to expect, to our specialty sandwiches you won't find anywhere else: The Michelangelo, The Chesapeake Bay and the Tuscany to name a few. See our catering menu, sandwich menu and deli department pages for a closer look.
Our meat department has a wide variety of the finest meats available, only USDA grade choice or higher. Our journeyman meatcutters are the best in the business, with decades of experience at producing only the highest quality cuts. What other markets consider "fancy" or "specialty" cuts are everyday stock in trade at Corti Brothers.
Need a King of Roasts, Crown Roast of Lamb or Crown Roast of Pork for a special occasion? Not a problem! These and many other specialty items are readily available and are quickly produced at our full-service meat counter. For a closer look at our selection, see our meat department on this website.
Our grocery department is a treasure chest of unique, hard-to-find items from around the world. We are an Italian Grocery Store specializing in imported foods, primarily from Italy and Europe, 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, our selection is a veritable delight whether shopping for a holiday party or an intimate dinner for two.
We have an excellent selection of wines from around the world and very knowledgeable wine stewards to assist with any questions, or with a particular selection. With our bi-weekly wine tastings, we sort through thousands of wines a year to bring you just those very few truly excellent, yet rarely well-known, gems that are sure to enrich any meal. By handpicking each and every wine, we ensure that our wines are only of the very highest quality!
Corti Brothers is located in Sacramento, California and is open from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sundays. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us anytime during our business hours and we'll do our very best to assist you with whatever your culinary needs!