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How One Sandwich Takes Me Home


There is a special place deep in every American's heart for their all time favorite deli sandwich. Whether it's pepper turkey with creamy avocado and crisp bacon or sharp cheddar, sweet mustard and Italian salami, everyone has a best-loved sandwich. More importantly, a particular deli that makes their beloved sandwich with just the right ratio of oil/vinegar to bread and perfectly thin slices of roast beef. My all time favorite deli in the world is called Lucchesi Deli and is located in the town where I was born and raised. Lucchesi's, as locals know it affectionately, is your typical mom-and-pop deli with sandwiches, salads, daily soup, deli meats, bread, and my personal weakness, deviled eggs. The baguettes are made fresh daily, have a soft inside and crisp, crunchy outside. The wide variety of cheeses and meats makes each sandwich an individual masterpiece. Lucchesi's sandwiches pair perfectly with a cherry coke and lightly salted kettle chips.
The deli has been voted the best in town more than once in the past few years and the friendly rapid, no fail service combined with delicious sandwiches is what keeps customers like myself coming back. Making a stop for lunch at Lucchesi's brings me back to my roots. I remember when my dad would buy me sandwiches when I was a little girl; in high school we'd sneak out of class a few minutes early for lunch to beat the line at Lucchesi's; when I arrived at the airport from living abroad for two years, my sister had a cooler with a sandwich in her car. To me the sandwiches convey the essence of coming home: there is comfort, nostalgia, and a sense of belonging in each bite. Well Fed About Town asked me to tell them about my preferred deli, and now I'm asking you readers, what's your favorite deli?

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