Yelp rolls out Top 100 restaurants. One Valley eatery made the list.

Despite being the breadbasket of the nation, the San Joaquin Valley only tendered a single restaurant in the reviewing service’s top 100 eateries.

A popular Fresno deli cracked this year’s version of Yelp’s Top 100 U.S. Restaurants. 

Yelp placed Sam’s Italian Deli and Market at 68th on the list, honoring the family-owned deli as the only restaurant throughout the Central Valley to make it. 


The big picture: Sam’s Italian Deli was founded by Sam Marziliano in 1980 and is now run by his wife Angela and son Nick. The deli offers a variety of sandwiches, a packed deli counter, a stocked market and over 1,000 wines to choose from. 

  • Per its Yelp page, Sam’s markets itself as “Your Authentic Italian Marketplace” and boasts having any ingredient that would be used to make a traditional Italian meal. 
  • This year’s version of the Top 100 list is the 10th list Yelp has curated. Yelp compiled the list by reaching out to people for their favorite dining spots and ranked the restaurants by the total number of submissions, ratings, reviews and geographic representation. 

What they’re saying: “Locals and homesick Easterners alike praise the New Yorker Hot Pastrami sandwich, which features thinly sliced beef brisket, sauteed grilled onions, gooey melted provolone cheese, and a slather of Dijon sauce on a crusty baguette roll,” the list reads. 

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