Travelers frequently like to return with a tasty souvenir, such as a country's signature chocolate, a bottle of its rare wine, or an edible copy of its constitution. Bite into more aromatic if less edifying international treats with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian deli fare at Ludovico's in Haddonfield.
Ludovico's proprietor Don Sozio and his two children and granddaughters whip up a menu of Italian sandwiches, pizzas, and homemade entrees using ingredients imported directed from Italy. Hot sandwiches, including the chicken parmigiana sandwich ($7.45) and grilled veggie panini ($7.35), crammed with fresh eggplant, roasted pepper, and broccoli rabe, are best bets for diners looking for a bite of home-cooked goodness or bait for a mozzarella monster trap. Original recipes revive classic comestibles, such as the stuffed portobello mushrooms ($8.99/lb.), grilled with crabmeat and spinach stuffing and capped with a hip new shredded-cheese wig. Snack-sized twice-baked potatoes ($6.99/lb.) compete for diners' affections with mouthfuls of gelato, desserts, and freshly brewed lattes and cappuccino.
Ludovico's homey confines greet visitors with split-pea-green walls and cheerful lighting illuminating rustic display baskets and wooden barrels filled with tasty scoopables. Light spills in through wide storefront windows, washing over mosaic-tiled tables. Additional seating can be found on the outdoor patio, simultaneously satisfying sun and sandwich worshipers.
9 Kings Hwy. W
Haddonfield, New Jersey 08033