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Italian Deli

raa6785 Apr 26, 2013 11:48 AM

Hey, So long story short Im a New York transplant and anyone who has ever been to NY im sure has been to an italian deli. I have looked high and low and have not been able to find a legitimate italian deli where I can get an italian combo. I've searched a couple places but they all seem like too restaurant type-ish. Since i know nothing about minneapolis, I'm here to ask for some guidance on where I can find such a place, if they even exist in MN. Thanks in Advance.

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    steakhound Apr 26, 2013 12:33 PM

    Broders 50th & Penn Mpls.

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      JimGrinsfelder Apr 26, 2013 08:58 PM

      Best bets: Broder's at 50th & Penn or Cossetta's downtown or I Nonni in Lilydale or Delmonico's in NE Mpls?

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        parkermsp Apr 26, 2013 09:16 PM

        My co-workers says his cousin's deli Brianno's Deli Italia in Eagan is the real deal. I haven't been yet but he's talked it up enough, and he's one of those old Italian St Paul Vulcan types. The bread recipe for their sandwiches is his mother's recipe, apparently.

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          foreverhungry Apr 27, 2013 06:10 AM

          Brianno's is very good. I'd agree that Brianno's, Broder's, Buon Giorno (the deli attached to I Nonni in Lillydale), and Delmonico's are the best bets in the Twin Cities. I haven't had a sandwich from Cossetta's in a while. All that said, you won't find an Italian deli like you'd find in NYC or Philly. But with your expectations adjusted, you'll find excellent sandwiches here.

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            stepawayfromthetable May 3, 2013 03:53 PM

            Great lists! I just had a muffuletta from Pizza Lucé when friends ordered delivery. It was delicious.

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          shoo bee doo Apr 27, 2013 06:12 AM

          I'm pretty impressed with the new deli in Cossettas.

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            foreverhungry Apr 27, 2013 10:38 AM

            I've been twice to the new Cossetta's deli, once to check it out, and once with an out-of towner that wanted to see it. I've bought bread there, and that's been very good. I likely won't be buying anything else there, though, because their prices seem very inflated. The same dried pasta can be had elsewhere for $2 a package less, for example. Ditto for a lot of the other packaged goods.

            With their fresh goods, I asked an employee that was in the cheese area wht the difference in taste was between two Pecorino Romano cheeses they had. He started by saying he thought one was sheep, the other cow. So I knew we weren't off to a good start. He pulled out a binder that had info on their cheeses, and looked them up, reading the infoto me,which was the same general profiles for the two, because they're both Pecorino Romanos. After about 7 minutes of painful exchange, I said thanks and walked away. Beyond knowing their cheeses (this was a few weeks ago, so they had been open long enough that they should know these things), they should have offered a taste - standard procedure at any other shop asking questions about cheeses.

            Given that parking there is a general hassle, IMO there are other places in the TC that offer quality and a good price with knowledgeable service.

            I should also add Surdyk's to the list - while not an Italian deli per se, they have one of the best - if not the best - offerings of high quality deli products, cheeses, and sandwiches in the area.

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            Brad Ballinger Apr 27, 2013 03:06 PM

            Buon Giorno in Lilydale makes combo sandwiches daily.

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              ssioff May 1, 2013 02:54 PM

              He kind of only does one thing... Not really, but the pastrami is not bad.


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                foreverhungry May 1, 2013 03:15 PM

                You're not selling it very hard....

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                  MSPD May 2, 2013 06:59 AM

                  Besides being completely irrelevant to the original poster's request....this place sucked when it was called Pastrami Tommy or whatever. An utter disgrace if you're comparing it to the pastrami institutions out east.

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                  sandylc May 3, 2013 07:37 PM

                  I wonder if Rye has improved at all? The reviews have been terrible, but it's a concept that should be great. If the owners have woken up, it could be something.

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                    MSPD May 6, 2013 10:08 AM

                    Rye is not an Italian Deli.

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