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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Philadelphia

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Philadelphia, PA. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Philadelphia's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Philadelphia. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Philadelphia, PA. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain
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So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Philadelphia,
what are we talking about?

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Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

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Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

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Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Philadelphia, PA, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

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Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

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Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Philadelphia, PA.

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Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

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Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

2.

Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

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Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.

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They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

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Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

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Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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The 10 most ridiculous, insane, mind-blowing Hurts stats

he numbers defy belief.Jalen Hurts rushed for 157 yards, threw two touchdown passes, had four runs of 17 yards or longer, rushed for 10 first downs and was generally spectacular in the Eagles’ 40-33 win over the Packers Sunday night at the Linc.He did things humans aren’t supposed to do.The 24-year-old Hurts is now on pace for 3,956 passing yards, 922 rushing yards, 26 passing touchdowns, 4 interceptions and 12 rushing touchdowns. Nobody has ever done all that in a season.With the Eagles sailing along ...

he numbers defy belief.

Jalen Hurts rushed for 157 yards, threw two touchdown passes, had four runs of 17 yards or longer, rushed for 10 first downs and was generally spectacular in the Eagles’ 40-33 win over the Packers Sunday night at the Linc.

He did things humans aren’t supposed to do.

The 24-year-old Hurts is now on pace for 3,956 passing yards, 922 rushing yards, 26 passing touchdowns, 4 interceptions and 12 rushing touchdowns. Nobody has ever done all that in a season.

With the Eagles sailing along at 10-1 and Hurts among the leading MVP candidates – along with Patrick Mahomes and former college teammate Tua Tagovailoa – here’s our latest edition of 10 Unbelievable Jalen Hurts Stats.

We could have done 100 of them.

1. Hurts became the third quarterback with 150 rushing yards and two passing touchdowns in the same game but the first to do it in a regular-season win. In 2012, Colin Kaepernick had 181 rushing yards and two TDs in a playoff win over the Packers, and earlier this month Justin Fields had 157 rushing yards and three TDs in a loss to the Dolphins. The only other player in NFL history with 150 rushing yards and two passing TDs in the same game is Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton, who had 161 rushing yards and two TD passes on trick plays for the Bears in a 1983 loss to the Saints.

2. Hurts’ 157 yards are 5th-most in NFL history in a game by a quarterback, behind Kaepernick’s 181, Fields’ 178 and two Michael Vick performances while he was with the Falcons – 173 yards vs. the Vikings in 2002 and 166 yards vs. the Saints in 2006. Vick held the previous Eagles record with 130 yards against the Giants in 2010. Hurts’ 157 yards are also the most by any Eagle in exactly eight years. LeSean McCoy had 159 at Dallas on Nov. 27, 2014. His 9.2 rushing average is highest by an Eagle with 150 or more rushing yards since Bryce Brown’s 178-yard game against the Panthers in 2012. Brown averaged 9.4 yards per carry.

3. Hurts is the fourth quarterback in history with 597 rushing yards and 17 TD passes through 11 games. The others are Randall Cunningham in 1990, Kyler Murray in 2020 and Lamar Jackson in both 2019 and 2022. Hurts is on pace for 26 TD passes and 922 rushing yards. Only Cunningham and Jackson have ever done that (in 16-game seasons).

4. Since throwing three interceptions last year against the Giants, Hurts has thrown 399 passes and just three INTs, and he’s now up to 8th-best in NFL history in interception ratio at one every 56.2 pass attempts (minimum 500 attempts). Hurts averaged one INT every 37 attempts as a rookie, one every 48 attempts last year and one every 106 attempts this year. Nick Foles set the franchise record with one every 159 attempts in his historic 2013 season. Only seven QBs in history have averaged one INT every 100 or more attempts over a full season – Aaron Rodgers three times, Tom Brady three times, Foles in 2013, Dak Prescott in 2016, Steve DeBerg in 1990, Sam Bradford in 2016 and David Garrard in 2007.

5. Hurts now has 10 career games with two or more touchdown passes and no interceptions in his first 30 starts. Only four quarterbacks have had more such games in their first 30 starts: Mahomes (12), Dan Marino (11), Russell Wilson (11) and Justin Herbert (11). Hurts already has five games this year with two or more TDs and no INTs, tied for most in the league (along with Rodgers, Geno Smith and Derek Carr). The only QB in Eagles history with more in a season is Foles, who had seven in 2013.

6. With 86 rushing yards against the Colts and 157 Sunday, Hurts is the first Eagles quarterback ever with consecutive games with 85 rushing yards. He’s the eighth QB league-wide with consecutive games with 85 yards since 1970. The only other QB ever with back-to-back games with 85 rushing yards, at least one TD and no interceptions is Jackson.

7. With a 105.6 passer rating so far, Hurts is on pace for one of the highest passer ratings in NFL history by a player before his 25th birthday. Only six QBs have had a passer rating of 105 or higher at 24 or younger: Foles (119.2 in 2013), Mahomes (105.3 in 2019, 113.8 in 2018), Jackson (113.3 in 2019), Marino (108.9 in 1984) and Josh Allen (107.2 in 2020).

8. At 24 years, 112 days, Hurts is the 4th-youngest quarterback ever to open a season 10-1 or better. Marino was 23 years, 57 days, when the Dolphins beat the Eagles 24-23 at the Orange Bowl to reach 11-0 in 1984, Prescott was 23 years, 118 days, when the Cowboys got to 10-1 in 2016, and Jared Goff was 24 years, 36 days, when the 2018 Rams reached 10-1.

9. When the season began, Hurts had an 84.7 career passer rating, which was 8th-highest in Eagles history. He’s since increased it to 92.1, passing Bubby Brister (85.8), Bradford (86.4), Donovan McNabb (86.5), Mark Sanchez (86.6), Vick (87.7) and Carson Wentz (89.2) and moving into second place behind only Foles (93.2).

10. Hurts has recorded a passer rating of 94 or higher in his last six starts, equalling the franchise record. In 2018, Wentz had a 94 rating or higher in six straight starts. McNabb – who had five straight in 2006 – is the only other Eagles QB who’s had a rating of 94 or higher in four straight games. Hurts’ streak is also the longest active streak in the league.

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The John Tortorella Show can’t drown out the Flyers’ bigger problem upstairs

This is exactly what the Flyers wanted from John Tortorella. This is why they hired him.They knew the hockey team would stink. So, to shield themselves from the worst of the criticisms, they hired the one coach whose obsession with control and whose combative personality would be the story. They knew the chronic shortcomings of a team badly constructed by general manager Chuck Fletcher would be overshadowed by the chronic shortcomings of John Tortorella.To distract from bad hockey and a bad roster they hired a coach best...

This is exactly what the Flyers wanted from John Tortorella. This is why they hired him.

They knew the hockey team would stink. So, to shield themselves from the worst of the criticisms, they hired the one coach whose obsession with control and whose combative personality would be the story. They knew the chronic shortcomings of a team badly constructed by general manager Chuck Fletcher would be overshadowed by the chronic shortcomings of John Tortorella.

To distract from bad hockey and a bad roster they hired a coach best known for bad manners.

It’s going to get worse before it gets better.

The Flyers are on a 10-game skid. They start a five-game homestand Tuesday, so they’re likely going to lose a lot more before it’s over, since the first four games are against elite teams.

But, instead of the recent train wrecks and the impending doom, are we talking about hockey? The continued absence of a captain, so Torts can rule the club unchallenged? Kevin Hayes, their $7.5 million center, getting demoted from first line to fourth line, and sometimes to wing? Their league-worst power play, whose ineffectiveness has helped the Flyers rank dead last in the NHL in goals per game?

» READ MORE: ‘Who do we really want to keep here?’: Flyers’ latest loss a reminder of this season’s mission

No. We’re talking about Mean Torts. Rude Torts. “Hate list” Torts.

We’re talking about the guy who blew off a press conference on Nov. 10, the night he returned to Columbus a hero; then, when asked the inevitable question about why he didn’t fulfill that part of his job that night — a question no Flyers official had answered — replied, snidely, “None of your business.”

We’re talking about the guy who said Saturday on Long Island that he wouldn’t answer questions about individual players, including the ones who’d played well. We’re talking about the Torts who, when asked about a lifeless effort in a Black Friday home loss, replied, “No answer.”

We’re talking about the Torts who, at practice on Monday, said that he has told his players to swallow their outrage for the moment, and that he has what he called “My ‘hate list.’”

Tortorella said that he’s keeping a “checklist” — a running diary — of slights, real and perceived, as the Flyers founder. He cited opposing coaches deploying their players in a manner he did not appreciate. He cited the way games are officiated — often, in his eyes, to the benefit of the superior team. He vowed to take his revenge:

“When the time comes, and we get on the other side of it, that’s when you remember that.”

Robert DeNiro plays Torts in the movie.

Having Torts in your building is sometimes thrilling but it’s always exhausting. For all his acumen, for all his successes, dealing with John Tortorella and his Jekyll/Hyde personality can be like dealing with a 64-year-old fifth-grade boy.

This is the man whom the Flyers chose in June to be the 23rd face and voice of their once-proud franchise. He preaches accountability, then shirks his responsibility. Startling? Hardly.

This was more than the expected outcome. This was the intended outcome.

We’re just 22 games into an 82-game season, and as the team continues to free-fall into pre-Christmas irrelevance, Torts will continue to short-circuit when it is his duty to explain what happened, and why. He will be derelict in that duty, as he so often has been in his 20-plus-year career.

Torts’ attitude isn’t a glitch. It’s a feature.

The Flyers knew they’d be targets. Torts is here to coach, and to teach, but he’s also here to take bullets.

Walk around Philadelphia and you’ll see Flyers ads, but you know what you won’t see? Flyers. You’ll see Tortorella, and you’ll see Gritty.

Tortorella won the Stanley Cup in 2004 with Tampa Bay, and he’s been to the playoffs 12 times, with the Lightning, Rangers, and Blue Jackets, but he’s left casualties by the roadside at every stop. He’s been demanding, exacting, and inspiring on the bench, but he’s been rude, condescending, and unprofessional everywhere.

For anyone who gets a kick out of Tortorella’s temper tantrums: Don’t be a fool. When he acts out, he’s not raising his middle finger at the media. He’s raising his middle finger at you.

You pay him. The NHL mandates press conferences and locker-room access so players and coaches are accountable to you, through the press. We largely couldn’t care less, emotionally, why Morgan Frost has just five points in 21 games, or when Cam Atkinson is coming back from his “upper body” injury.

Every time Torts ignores a question, blows off a press conference, or demeans the questioner, it’s your face that he’s mashing in a pile of horse manure, not ours.

Sure, it’s more pleasant to deal with a predictable, respectful coach, but whether it’s gentleman John Tortorella or jerk John Tortorella, we get paid the same.

Torts’ act might be entertaining for a few masochists in this moment, but it’ll wear thinner and thinner. Consider: A franchise whose fan base is dwindling due to apathy and attrition hired a professional curmudgeon. For the cult of Orange and Black to desert you, you have to be a pretty damn rancid club. To that end: The Flyers haven’t won a Stanley Cup since Vietnam and Watergate, they’ve won just one playoff series in the past decade, and they’ve missed the playoffs three out of the last four seasons.

Tortorella is a fine strategic mind, and he’s a master manipulator, and he certainly knows what it takes to win in a sport weaponized by sharpened blades and wicked sticks and frozen rubber missiles that travel at 100 mph.

But there are plenty of fine hockey minds. There were none available who were as willing and as likely to absorb as much shrapnel from the imploding structure the Flyers have become under Fletcher.

It was Fletcher, not Tortorella, who was hired a week after Ron Hextall was fired in December 2018, then proceeded to build a team so fundamentally flawed and so painfully thin that it cannot remain respectable when dealing with the injuries of this season and last.

The team doesn’t want its fans to realize that, much as the Flyers wasted the prime years of Claude Giroux, who should have been traded in 2015, they are wasting a year of goalie Carter Hart, whom they should trade before he costs them too much money. By the time the Flyers contend again, Hart will be Tortorella’s age.

That’s not Tortorella’s fault. He’s tearing things down to build back better. Fine. Trust that process, if you want. But don’t expect Fletcher to be its architect. Someone will pay after another season in the cellar, and it won’t be Torts.

It will be Fletcher. And that’s fine, too.

He’s made this bed, and he’s hiding under its covers.

More accurately, he’s hiding behind John Tortorella.

Which was the plan all along.

Eagles’ Jordan Davis, who is eligible to return from IR, is ‘feeling better and better’ each day

Jordan Davis sported a matching Eagles tracksuit on Sunday evening when he gleefully skipped through the concrete hallways located underneath the lower bowl at Lincoln Financial Field.Like many of his teammates, the rookie defensive tackle was in celebration mode after the Eagles claimed a 40-33 victory over the Packers. Through the regular season’s first 12 weeks, t...

Jordan Davis sported a matching Eagles tracksuit on Sunday evening when he gleefully skipped through the concrete hallways located underneath the lower bowl at Lincoln Financial Field.

Like many of his teammates, the rookie defensive tackle was in celebration mode after the Eagles claimed a 40-33 victory over the Packers. Through the regular season’s first 12 weeks, the Eagles have stormed to the NFL’s best record at 10-1. Sunday’s victory marked double-digit wins for the first time for second-year coach Nick Sirianni.

The Eagles have accomplished these feats largely without Davis — the No. 13 overall pick from this past April’s draft — who’s been sidelined on injured reserve for the past four weeks with a high ankle sprain.

However, Davis is eligible to return from IR this Sunday, when the Eagles host the Tennessee Titans. Whether or not the team elevates the defensive tackle back to the active roster is to be determined, according to Sirianni.

The team expects to make a decision regarding Davis by Wednesday, when it resumes practice ahead of the Week 13 matchup versus Tennessee.

“Obviously we don’t have make that decision quite yet so I’m not there yet,” Sirianni said Monday. “You think about everything that we have to go through to get ready for a game. So, you stay on top of everything, but you don’t rush any decision. There is no reason to rush.

“Not in a big rush to force something until we have all the answers and see how he’s feeling. I know he’s attacking the rehab like crazy. I know our training staff and our doctors and our strength staff are doing everything they can do to help him, and I know Jordan is doing everything he can do to help himself.”

Davis sustained his ankle injury during an Oct. 30 game versus the Steelers. He initially wasn’t able to put any weight on his right foot, and needed to be carted into the locker room. Over the past few weeks, Davis has been seen throughout the NovaCare Complex without a walking boot or any noticeable limp. He’s kept a majority of his interactions inside the locker room brief, but Davis has indicated on multiple occasions that he’s “feeling better and better” each day.

Davis, 22, proved to be a difference-maker through the first two months of the regular season. He was a fixture in the middle of the defensive line and he played a major role in stopping the run. The Eagles have struggled without him on the field, and the team sought out external assistance this month by picking up veteran defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Linval Joseph, pairing them with interior defensive linemen Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, and Milton Williams. Marlon Tuipulotu also was placed on IR on Nov. 16.

It’s been a collaborative effort to replace Davis’ reps, but the truth is replacing Davis was always going to be nearly impossible. The 6-foot-6, 336-pounder possesses a unique skillset with his bullish frame and athleticism. Nearly every time Davis steps onto the field, opposing offenses need to dedicate multiple blockers in order to slow him down.

» READ MORE: Eagles win vs. Packers shows the offense is Super Bowl-caliber and may have to account for units that aren’t

“Two on me, somebody’s free,” Davis said upon his arrival to Philadelphia.

Looking ahead to the weekend, the Eagles will be tasked with defending one of the league’s most dominant rushers in Titans All-Pro running back Derrick Henry. Henry is currently second in the NFL with 1,048 rushing yards and third with 10 rushing touchdowns.

“This is a tough, physical football team,” Sirianni said of the Titans. “...We’re going to work like crazy to make sure we put our guys in the best position to make plays.”

Heavy Metal Sausage Co. is Philly’s latest hybrid restaurant star

If you had just 500-square-feet to realize your culinary dreams, how would you fill it? Chef Patrick Alfiero and Melissa Pellegrino have managed to fit more than a few good ideas into the cozy confines of Heavy Metal Sausage Co.There’s the small market of specialty foods featuring stellar local ingredients — from Susquehannah Mills oils to ...

If you had just 500-square-feet to realize your culinary dreams, how would you fill it? Chef Patrick Alfiero and Melissa Pellegrino have managed to fit more than a few good ideas into the cozy confines of Heavy Metal Sausage Co.

There’s the small market of specialty foods featuring stellar local ingredients — from Susquehannah Mills oils to Pasta Lab noodles and cheeses from the Farm at Doe Run — that inspire their own cooking. That includes the whole grain Redeemer wheat from Small Valley Milling that Alfiero mills there himself and bakes into sourdough breads for the distinctive sandwich menu on the blackboard that frames the door.

And then there are the dozen or so house deli meats, sausages and charcuterie used to fill those creations, from a clever turkey roulade with both white and dark meat to rarely seen zungenblutwurst, which Alfiero also makes. This corner storefront at West Porter and South Mole streets is a sausage company, after all. And a fine one at that.

That’s evident when your teeth snap through a smoky hunk of garlicky kielbasa, or the fresh Italian Piccante sausage flared with Calabrian chiles, or special duck links smothered in tangy cacciatore. Heavy Metal brings a welcome burst of next-gen creativity to South Philly fueled by locally-sourced meats that is reviving a legacy of Italian butchery at risk of disappearing.

If you come on Thursday nights, this tiny retail space also transforms into a romantic pop-up trattoria where a dozen lucky diners are tucked into every corner, window seat and kitchen counter for one of the most intimate dining experiences around.

“We’ve got some add-ons tonight,” Alfiero announced during his introductory pre-meal address — a ritual of Philly’s new pop-up tasting menu bistros. A four-course prix-fixe menu for $65 already promises plenty of food with family-style menus conjured spontaneously each week. But the extras are fun, too. We weren’t going to pass on cappellacci made from fresh-milled flour pasta stuffed with roasted squash. It came with smoked ham bits, pepitas, and crumbled Valley Milkhouse Blue Bell cheese.

No one should miss the add-on charcuterie board of Alfiero’s latest creations. We devoured a generous montage of smoky bresaola, piquant beef salami, crunchy piggy porchetta di testa and supple pink rounds of mortadella fragrant with Pennsylvania juniper and Appalachian allspice. It was well worth the additional $25.

Like many in this wave of ambitious tasting menu kitchens, Alfiero and Pellegrino’s project began as a pandemic pop-up, first out of ITV, where Alfiero was the chef, and then at the food cart inside Herman’s Coffee, Philly’s premier pop-up launching pad.

Alfiero and Pellegrino, who started dating when he was at ITV and she was the wine director at Laurel, chose this space because of the friendly neighborhood vibe surrounding West Passyunk Avenue, and the third-floor apartment where they now live.

They’ve given the retail space their personal stamp. Pellegrino, who studied at Savannah College of Art and Design before becoming a front-of-the-house fixture on Philly’s hospitality scene, indulged Pat’s musical passion by painting a striking mural across the far wall. A blood red field is overlaid with a Pennsylvania keystone, animal skulls, two favorite knives and a Death Metal-style crown of spiky vines tangled with hidden letters that are “illegible, per Pat’s request,” she says.

“It does say Heavy Metal Sausage Co.,” he insists. “Trust us.”

It adds an edgy energy to the room, especially in the daylight hours with Lamb of God’s guitar riffs banging through the speakers while Alfiero’s sandwich service is in full throttle. These aren’t your standard roll-based Philly sandwiches, as Alfiero has no desire to compete with the hoagie shops nearby he so admires. From the whole grain focaccia used for the Italian layered with his cotechino, salami cotto, provolone and sweet pepper relish made to his grandmother’s recipe, to the fiery long hot pepper relish that adds a sneaky heat to his deeply smoked ham with pickled asparagus and Alpine cheese, these sandwiches are high-level expressions of his own craft.

Alfiero’s most memorable sandwich is the Poppe, named in honor of his Polish grandpa. Its fresh-ground rye bread frames a deep purple stack of tongue-studded zungenblutwurst with garlic mayo and Birchrun Hills cheddar. It’s better than I ever expected from anything starring blood salami — and is signature new stand-out in Philly’s sandwich scene.

As intriguing as the daytime offerings are, the dinners show even greater potential. These two veterans of fine dining are essentially hosting elaborate dinner parties their way, casually, with finesse. To watch them work side-by-side in these tight quarters is to observe a clinic of refined efficiency, with Pellegrino gracefully tending the tables while an endless stream of well-prepped courses flow effortlessly from Alfiero’s minimalist open kitchen.

The food is Italian in spirit and technique, tapping their shared family heritages. But it’s clearly Pennsylvania food first, as Alfiero’s primary inspirations come from seasonal ingredients grown by local stars such as Stryker Farms (pork), Linden Dale Farm (goats), Neighbours Farmstead (rabbits), Keiser’s Pheasantry (poultry) and Green Meadow Farm (produce).

We saw that seasonality in the first antipasto course, which paired luscious eggplant caponata with the giardiniera crunch of pickled end-of-summer produce, alongside a heartier fall dish of involtini cabbage stuffed with sausage perfumed with local fennel pollen.

One of the most memorable dishes had nothing to do with meat but everything to do with Alfiero’s talent for coaxing magic from special ingredients. A risotto of Martelli rice grown in New Jersey by Blue Moon Acres was simply stunning in its subtlety, the distinctly toothy grains hovering inside a luxurious cream gravy steeped from the rinds of St. Malachi, a world-renowned Gouda hybrid from the Farm at Doe Run, with ribbons of the nutty cheese shaved to order overtop.

Alfiero’s butchery skills also extend to fish. His elaborate presentation of fresh rainbow trout from Green-Walk Trout Hatchery was a worthy main event. The whole fish were stuffed with a bread crumb-trout stuffing tanged with preserved Jimmy Nardello peppers, then pan-roasted in butter and served over a rutabaga ragù. It was topped with a salsa verde for which Alfiero used salt-cured Mid-Atlantic mackerel, because the typical anchovies in that herbal puree are not local.

Like many savory chefs, Alfiero has limited interest in dessert. But I’m glad fresh cannoli is among them — the shells made from house-milled flour, the ricotta filling enriched with pumpkin, then drizzled in apple molasses.

Pellegrino leaves her in imprint on dessert, too, showing off talent for unconventional gelati like the caramelized fennel-flavored scoop sweetened with maple (instead of refined sugar) and topped with black walnuts. She also flexes her love of spirits here, despite Heavy Metal’s current status as a BYOB, offering guests complimentary amari from their growing collection. It’s a perfect finishing touch, along with Pat’s meticulously poured Chemex of Herman’s Spot Saver coffee.

The trattoria nights will become more frequent soon, including four nights of Seven Fishes feasts on Christmas week. As they continue to add options to this tiny, hybrid space, these two are clearly only limited by their imaginations.

Heavy Metal Sausage Co.

1527 W. Porter St., heavymetalsausage.com

Open for retail and sandwiches Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday until 6 p.m. Thursday trattoria dinner seatings at 6 and 8 p.m., advanced reservations required online.

BYOB.

Sirianni: Titans will bring a hard, physical, nasty team to Philadelphia

Head Coach Nick Sirianni knows what to expect Sunday when the 7-4 Tennessee Titans come to Lincoln Financial Field: They are a mirror image of their head coach, Mike Vrabel, and that means they're coming to play hard, physical, nasty football.That's the Titans' trademark, and it's a high compliment in the NFL."I was on a staff, my first job in the NFL, Mike Vrabel was the captain on the Kansas City Chiefs," Sirianni said on Monday at his day-after press conference. "Man, I couldn't say more good things about him ...

Head Coach Nick Sirianni knows what to expect Sunday when the 7-4 Tennessee Titans come to Lincoln Financial Field: They are a mirror image of their head coach, Mike Vrabel, and that means they're coming to play hard, physical, nasty football.

That's the Titans' trademark, and it's a high compliment in the NFL.

"I was on a staff, my first job in the NFL, Mike Vrabel was the captain on the Kansas City Chiefs," Sirianni said on Monday at his day-after press conference. "Man, I couldn't say more good things about him as a player, and I know – I've obviously never coached with him, but the way he led as a football player on that team, coming from a great Steeler team and Ohio State teams and back to when he went to Walsh Jesuit, then being on those Patriot teams, that guy knows how to lead people and lead men. So that's on full display. It was on full display as a young coach, where I learned a lot from him as that goes and what a captain is supposed to look like. Now, it's on display from him as a coach. So, I like to say just, first and foremost, he's a damn good football coach and he's going to have those guys ready to go.

"Then that defense that they had – you asked me about the defense. Obviously, I have a lot of experience going against that defense. They're good. They're really good. Again, they're physical. They're sound. They don't beat themselves. They don't have a lot of penalties. My early studies on them are that I'm seeing a lot of the things I saw when we played them when I was with the Colts. (Titans DT Jeffery) Simmons, he's a really good player. Plays at a very high level and still playing at a high level. I was with (Titans DL) Denico Autry with the Colts, and he's a really good player. Really tough player. Again, fits that mold of what Tennessee bases itself off of ... You know what? We're good, too. We are going to have to be on our stuff, but we know this is a very sound defense, very physical defense, and so we'll have to be on it, and we're going to work like crazy to make sure we put our guys in the best position to make plays."

Sirianni also had high praise for some young defensive backs who have had to step in with veterans injured – Josiah Scott has been in the lineup as the nickel cornerback with Avonte Maddox on Injured Reserve and Reed Blankenship played on Sunday night in place of safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson.

Depth has been challenged in the secondary and both Scott and Blankenship have responded.

"They just come to work every day and we trust they know what to do. That's just a piece of it. We trust they know what to do because they work hard and they're smart and they study hard, but you also have to have talent to do it, and they have that as well. Both of those guys have major talent. That's why they're on this team. They're tough, they're smart, they have talent, and so you have that faith in them," Sirianni said. "You have that faith in them that they're going to go out and perform and do the things they need to do to help us win. I think Josiah was able to do that at times last year for us, so we've seen that. He was also great on special teams for us all last year, and continuing into this year.

"So sometimes you don't get to see that live unless it is on special teams. Every time Reed has had an opportunity to play and perform, he's done a really good job. So, we have a ton of faith in those guys. That's the reason they're here, is because we have faith in them. If you don't have faith in them – and it's not blind faith. You hear me say that all the time. It's not blind faith, it's faith that they give us because of the way they practice, because of the way they go about their business and prepare, and now, the way they're playing."

Sirianni said he would update the injury situations of Gardner-Johnson, who left Sunday night's game with a rib injury, and defensive tackle Jordan Davis, who is eligible to come off Injured Reserve after spending time there with an ankle injury, later in the week.

For now, it's about preparing for the Titans, a team that is coming in off a loss to the Bengals with one thing in mind: To grind down the Eagles, to be more physical on the road. and to win a close game. Tennessee has not allowed more than 20 points in eight straight games, so the Titans have something special going defensively.

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