8 Best Delis in Connecticut!

Does the thought of a hot pastrami sandwich have your mouth watering? Looking to sink your teeth into a meatball parmesan? Or is an Italian combo more your thing? Whatever your favorite sandwich may be, you’ll find the best version of it at one of Connecticut’s great delis. Check out these 8 excellent eateries on your next lunch break. 

Meat & Co., New Haven, CT

This ultra-hip restaurant is open for weekday lunches and late-night weekend sandwich cravings. Taste their scrumptious steak & cheese, tuna melt, or roast beef and liverwurst sandwiches. Meat & Co.’s menu changes frequently and incorporates local ingredients when possible.

Vinny’s Deli, Wallingford, CT

Known as the “King of Roast Beef,” Vinny’s Deli will certainly have your deli lunch sorted. Grab a hot roast beef and horseradish sandwich, juicy chicken cutlet with bacon and honey mustard, or sink your teeth into the Sophia Loren, a sandwich with turkey, prosciutto, lettuce, tomato, and mayo. You’ll certainly be happy with anything you select from their menu.

Rein’s New York Style Deli, Vernon, CT

There is nothing better than a soup and a sandwich for lunch. Stop by Rein’s New York Style Deli for a hot bowl of borscht or matzo ball soup to accompany a fresh corned beef or salami sandwich. They also have a surprisingly large selection of gluten free foods, baked goods—including challah—and desserts. No doubt this is the top pick for gluten free diners in the state!

Jim’s Grocery and Deli, Plainville, CT

Jim’s Grocery and Deli is a family favorite establishment with great prices and flavorful sandwiches and snacks. Their sandwiches are made fresh to order and options include buffalo chicken salad sandwiches, meatloaf sandwiches, and Cubans. Jim’s also has a large selection of chips, cookies, and other pre-prepared goodies.

Battimelli's A&S Italian Fine Foods, Fairfield, CT

This Italian delicatessen serves daily lunch specials and sandwiches, perfect to keep you going strong until dinner. The menu is huge here and consists of cold sandwiches/grinders, hot sandwiches/grinders, salads, and specialty sandwiches. To save you a bit of time selecting from the menu, opt for their number one menu item—the savory chicken parmigiana sandwich.

Gaetano’s Deli, Multiple locations

Gaetano’s is an Italian-style deli serving sandwiches, stuffed breads, salads, and quick Italian dishes, such as arancini, to go. They also bake pizza rustica, which is a very tasting, filling ham and cheese baked pie. Gaetano’s has you covered for lunch, parties, or even dinner with meats purchased from their in-house butcher.

Mystic Market, Multiple locations

Mystic Market is a top option for flavorful deli sandwiches, soups, prepared meals, and desserts. For a quick sandwich to-go, grab the California BLT, tasty banh mi, Cuban, or meatball. Sandwiches will be prepared right before your eyes, and go really well with a hot cup of serve-your-own soup and natural root beer. Mystic Market also caters and has a special Easter menu that sounds out-of-this-world.

Katz’s Deli, Woodbridge, CT

Katz’s is arguably the best in the state! Take a look at their massive sandwiches and you’ll easily understand why. Mouthwatering hot pastrami sandwiches, roast beef piled high, and honey baked ham, makes the menu a winner. To round out the meal, they offer potato salad, macaroni salad, coleslaw, blintz, and more. Also a bakery, Katz’s serves New York-style cheesecake, rice pudding, black and white cookies, and other delicacies. 

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