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Quincy folks and Alba Lovers: Alba Deli Express

SeaSide Tomato | Mar 15, 201009:50 AM     11

Oh happy day. I was driving down Hancock St. Sat. in the pouring rain with a car full of provisions for a SeaSide feast that night. I had to turn around
and and pullover when I saw the new Alba Deli Express ("A New York style Deli"). Well, I had everything I needed for that night and also for forseeable meals ahead, but I still had to stop. It opened last Tuesday. Nice space inside--big windows (it was nicely daylit, even on such a grey Saturday) with mustard-yellow walls, lots of blackboards with deli items and sandwiches listed.

I happy to see several customers ahead of me--that means they're busy and for me it meant I could eyeball all the delicious looking food in the cases and all the specialty groceries without troubling anyone.

I watched as someone behind the counter put a huge tray back into the case and on the tray was a well-carved and succulent looking turkey: their stuff is fresh and lots is homemade. They had a great looking selection of sandwiches and the menu and all sorts of things you could pick up for a beautiful antipasto platter at home. Since I had so much already but really wanted to support Leo's (the owner's) latest endeavor, I bought a good sized square of eggplant lasagna ( I thought I could serve a bit re-heated as starter. {I did and it was good!!}. Howefer, after I had already ordered and they cut the lasagna for me, I spotted "chicken liver salad" on the menu.

I thought-hmm, what is THAT? They told me it was chicken liver with onions and eggs-- I aksed "and what, mayonnaise?" No--it's chicken liver pate. Now they were really singing my song! I had to try it. They gave me a taste ( a very good sized taste at that). So yummy. I bought a container and so we had *two* starters that night. I have leftovers still and can't wait to polish off the rest tonight.

so, when you need a sandwich or some great deli products and treats, keep Alba Deli in mind. It's on Hancock just north of the center. Menu says they deliver, which is good to know. I'm looking for ward to going back and trying more. They have something they call "Crackstrami" an addictive pastrami. Sigh. Good on Leo.

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