Finally deciding to try Zarris Delicatessen, I was greeted by the dreaded yellow change of ownership sign in the window.
Chowhound reports said over and over that Zarris makes a good basic sandwich and lovingly slices the meat very thin.
This wont be the greatest report of Zarris. I was distracted by the prices of the sandwiches. They were between $2 - $3. These were full-sized sandwiches on sub rolls.
I went with the deluxe poor boy which was the most expensive sandwich at $3. The regular poor boy was $2. There were about 7 thinly sliced cold cuts and two types of cheese with mayo, mustard and pickles on a Maggiora Bakery sourdough roll. In total about 1 / 4 inch of cold cuts. This was a great deal.
There is a nice selection of inexpensive wines topping at about $10. I bought a really nice Italy white wine for $5.49 that was very good. They have Crane Lake Sangenovise for $3.99.
Theres a nice selection of non pretentious Italian groceries, a cheese counter with Swedish, Italian and American cheese. Theres nice Italian canned tuna and a good selection of Christmas items like pannetone.
In 2003 the Solano Avenue Association voted Joseph Zarri person of the year saying Congratulations to a delightful businessman who has been on Solano for 29 years and has some of the best prices and friendliest employees around.
No kidding. Up until now, the warmest business in the Bay Area was the owner of Chapeau. The people at Zarris make him look like a grouch (he isnt though).
What really sweet people. Id go there just for the service, not only the good prices. When asked about the sale, I was told that a good friend who had seven children was taking over the store as of January 1 st. The new owner doesnt plan to change a thing and the Zarris will remain in the store for another year to help with the transition. They said they thought is was a very good choice because they wanted someone to carry on the Zarris tradition.
The Zarri Family has run a store in various locations since 1935.
1244 Solano Ave.
510 - 525-5405