Been in LA for a year now and still searching for a substitute of my favorite sandwich shop.
Genova Delicatessan on Telegraph Road in Oakland. Family owned authentic italian owned for generations.
I hope by describing it you can help me find a comparable deli.
First, you can pick your own roll. I like the fresh sourdough roll. It is flaky on the outside and soft in the inside. Not a hard crust like Acme bread or french bread.
You choose from a variety of cheeses all thinly sliced as deli meats. (My favorites are the smoked gouda, provolone, and swiss)
The display of the meats and cheeses is pure heaven.
The sandwiches come with chopped lettuce, tomatoes, sliced pepperoncinis (from heaven), pickles, and oil and balsamic vinagrette make the sandwich.
The pepperoncinis and the balsamic along with the high
quality meats and cheeses and wonderful bread. All for under $6.00. But cost is not an issue, if I can find the same quality sandwich for $10, I'd get it.
Here's the distribution of what I order:
65% of the time: Italian combo with provolone which comes with a generous portion italian deli meats mortadella, salami, coppa, etc (no prosciutto or parma ham) on fresh sourdough roll with all the fixings.
20%: Pepper turkey with smoked gouda on fresh sourdough roll with everything plus extra pepperoncinis.
15%: Genoa salami with swiss with all the fixings.
I've been to Bay Cities (Godmother disappointing/good meatballs), Eastside (good for hot sandwiches), Eagle Rock Italian Bakery (Good bread and great value but not nearly as good in meats and cheeses), love Langer's pastrami (but I need my cold cuts fix bad).
Please help! I will take down all the suggestions and get back to you with a report.