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Fino’s from the Hill March 24, 2012

Filed under: Midtown — Shannon R Little @ 2:00 pm
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I have been to Fino’s from the Hill three times in the last month.  Keep in mind that this statement is coming from someone who goes out of her way to try new restaurants as much as possible, never eating at the same place to often.  Fino’s is that good.


Fino’s from the Hill is a cute little Italian deli at the corner of Madison and McLean. During the day they sell sandwiches, pasta, and other Italian dishes.


Please be aware of the cute little boy who popped into my picture.


They also have a little market to pick up traditional Italian goods to cook at home.



Fino’s is my new go-to spot for a sandwich in Memphis.  In my not-so-professional opinion, Fino’s has the best sandwiches in the city.  Not only are they the best, but they are cheap! The sandwich below cost me less than $7. Half of one cost under $4. How can you beat fresh meat, cheeses, and bread for under $4?


Though I have tried several of Fino’s options, I always go back to my absolute favorite: the Penn Station.  This is a fairly new sandwich at Fino’s that contains, “turkey, pepperoni, provolone, banana peppers, lettuce, tomato, and onion marinade.”  For the record, Fino’s onion marinade is amazing on anything. 



This sandwich has more flavor than any other sandwich I can remember eating.  Don’t forget your napkins, though.  It’s a messy one!


I also prefer my sandwiches on Fino’s soft bread.  Unless requested otherwise, they serve your sandwiches on traditional Italian breader that is pretty tough.  It you request the soft bread, it is melt-in-your mouth soft.  Either bread is amazing at soaking up all of the delicious flavors of any sandwich your order. The guy behind the counter suggested saving half of our sandwich and eating it the next day, after the bread had time to soak up some of the juices.  It’s much better the second day.


To go with my sandwich, I ordered a side salad.



Fino’s has a pretty good side salad, with plenty of chunky ingredients.  Between the cheese, fresh croutons, the tomatoes, onions, and onion marinade, I was a very happy camper.


I was also curious about their Spinach and Tomato popover, so I ordered that as a side as well.  It was pretty good, but I realized that I am not a turnover person.  It tasted fresh and buttery, though.



Alongside the great food, Fino’s also has some of the nicest staff in the city.  They are friendly and personable, while helping you decide what you want to best suit your mood.  There was one time recently when their credit cards machine crashed and they could only take cash for the time being.  Scott had picked us up and couple of sandwiches, but only had cash on him. He was $2 short, so the guy behind the counter took $2 out of his own wallet and told us not to worry about it. It’s that kind of friendly.  (For the record, we went back later and paid him back.)


They also will wrap up your sandwiches and box up your leftovers for you. Just take it to the counter. They are all about customer service here.



I will continue to give Fino’s my business.  Between their delicious sandwiches and their awesome staff, I have no reason not to.


For more information on Finos’s, visit their website or Facebook page.  They post daily specials on both.  You can also find more reviews on Yelp and Urbanspoon, or just read was Eat Local Memphis has to say.


Fino's Italian Deli & Catering on Urbanspoon



6 Responses to “Fino’s from the Hill”

  1. Raquel Says:

    Fino’s is so good. Pasta, sandwiches and cheese are all that it takes to make me happy. A few years back, I tried to talk Adam into moving to the Gilmore solely on the basis that it’s above Fino’s.

  2. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to save half of my sandwich from Fino’s to see if it was indeed better the next day. I’ve always given in and eaten it within an hour!

    Have you tried any of their desserts? The apple cinnamon cake is SO good.

  3. Lillian Says:

    I moved to Memphis last year for school from northern New Jersey, where there are A LOT of italians and italian delis (i’m not italian). One of the most popular and tasty things they serve there is fresh mozzerella on their sandwiches. I just looked at this menu and it’s not on there at all, only provolone and parmesan. I haven’t had much italian food down here, so I got my hopes up when I saw that this review and that it’s actually close to where I go to school. Can someone explain this to me?

    • I am not Italian, so I would not be very good at explaining it to you. Despite the fact that they may not be 100% authentic, I still stand by the fact that they have the most delicious sandwich in Memphis. The owner and staff at Fino’s are very understanding and sweet people. I highly recommend you voice your concerns to them, and see what they have to say.

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