Deli Delish had been operating under a new owner for about a month before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. When everyone started to work from the home the lunch crowd dried up and the deli closed for three months. It recently re-opened.
New owner Rainer Ippolito comes from a food family – they own bars and restaurants in Stamford and eight restaurants in Atlanta, Georgia. Ippolito had worked in fine dining in Atlanta, at his father’s deli in Stamford and had been looking to open his own deli.
“It was important to me to find the right location. I love this spot and this town,” he said. “I wanted to start in a small place with high quality food.”
While closed, Ippolito took the time to paint, remodel and make some improvements to the kitchen. The bar seating is temporarily removed and there is one eat-in table for two and three two-seat tables outside.
The deli serves breakfast and lunch. Ippolito says he’s most proud of the Southwestern salad (organic greens, house made black bean salsa, bacon, avocado, shredded jack and cheddar cheese and house made croutons topped with grilled chicken breast and a side of cilantro lime chipotle dressing) and the chicken cutlet sandwich topped with bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato and house made chipotle sauce served on a roll or sub.
He uses organic ingredients when possible and the New Haven based Apicella’s Bakery for bread.
Due to COVID-19, a maximum of five customers are allowed inside at one time and masks are required. Delivery is currently not offered, but Deli Delish takes over-the-phone orders and provides curbside pick-up or in-person ordering. “If you don’t call ahead you’re usually in and out in under 10 minutes,” Ippolito says.
Deli Delish is open Monday – Friday from 8 am to 3 pm. The menu can be found on Facebook and Instagram at @DeliDelishWoodbridge and reached at 203-553-9519.