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Lower Westchester Italian Delis

roxlet | Dec 28, 2008 09:32 AM

I just paid my very first visit to Dante's on Central Avenue, and although it is a bit far afield for me, I can't wait to go back. It is the most authentically Italian deli that I have ever been to locally with the exception of those on Arthur Avenue. By this, I mean that it is not just Italian-American, as I would classify other lower Westchester delis that I have been to. I mean, they even had Brooklyn gum, a brand that is everywhere in Italy and that you never see her! The range of products was large for such a small shop, and they had many imported Italian items that I have never seen anywhere else -- sleeves of lentils from Le Marche, large celophane sleeves of hot Italian pepper flakes and many similar and wonderful-looking items. Though the prices were not low, I felt that the quality of what was on offer was high, and thus worth it. My son ordered a panini, which was made with their own fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, artichokes, balsamic vinegar and pesto. He was in heaven. I got hot peppers stuffed with 4 cheeses as well as an artichoke stuffed with breadcrumbs -- my favorite, but which I rarely make since my husband doesn't "get" it. I was lucky to get a parking space in the small lot that fronts the shop, but I could see how parking could be an issue there. However, since you can't eat in, I would assume that customer turnover is fairly high. Service was a tad on the slow side, but that was mainly because each customer seemed to be buying tons of stuff from the prepared foods area. Lasagna looks quite good, and from the number of patrons buying it, I would guess that it is. They also had what looked like a porchetta to me, but I didn't get a chance to ask.

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