This Deli located near the Bronx Zoo and the NY Botanical gardens, warrants every bit of all the accolades you can read in its reviews. It is not an oversized eatery reminiscent of many Manhattan delis but a family sized private expression of love by the Italian owners who run it. (as if they were serving their own families.) Always busy due to its proximity to the above attractions, its lunch devotees (primarily from the neighboring Fordham University Campus) are testimony to just how good this place is. The sandwiche offerings our uniquely diverse as well as traditional, the ingredients freshly made and sliced to order all day.....but the charm is in sitting and just watching the smiles on every face that enters .....but more so when they leave. While we ate our lunch and drooled over the prospect of shopping afterwards amoung the shelves of unique imported specialties, we could not but marvel at how happy all the waiting customers seemed to be at the prospects of what they were about to experience. When they packaged their goods and took them home to enjoy...the smiles just got bigger.
Know that this little deli does not have a lot of seating. It is on a first come-first serve basis and you may be sharing your table with someone from the home country . But only the severely over indulged would ever try to rush this experience. The eye feasts on the trays of eggplant parmigiana and homemade mozzarella, while the mind wanders the display cases of imported cheeses and specialty pastas. The huge wheel of parmigiana reggiano sitting atop the stuffed deli case with a multitude of unique olives marinating below is intimidating until someone behind the counter notices you drooling and offers you a taste. And your journey begins because now you are family until the moment you walk out the door vowing to return. How can't you.
My comment upon leaving to the owner? "You are a blessed man. Every one of these customers that comes to you will in 3 or 50 years tell someone else about this little deli in brooklyn .....this real Italian deli. They will never forget their time here and this will be the standard that no other deli will ever be able to achieve."
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