If you grew up even remotely close to a classic corner deli, you know the delight that it brings to your life. The delicious sandwiches made with only the best meats and cheeses. The smell of the fresh-baked bread wafting through the neighborhood. The simple but elegant decor. And, of course, the pleasure of spending your hard-earned money at a local, family-owned business.
Those kinds of places are hard to come by nowadays. Chains have taken the place of your favorite local sandwich shop, and the experience of getting a sandwich just isn’t the same.
But here in Connecticut, all of that is changing. DiBella’s Old Fashioned Submarines is here and it is making a commitment to bringing the classic corner deli back to the Nutmeg State.
With three stores already set up in Milford, Newington, and Wallingford, DiBella’s is adding a fourth location in Hamden that opens on June 3rd. And when those doors swing open the first week of June, all of those familiar feelings and sensations will come rushing back.
Just like when the DiBella family opened their first store in Rochester, New York in 1918, the warmth of the oven and the smell of freshly baked bread coming out of the oven will overwhelm you. The friendly greeting of a locally hired employee will bring you to the counter and your attention to the spread of fine meats, cheeses, and toppings. And as you sit down to enjoy the incredible meal you have ordered, the decor will transport you back to a time when the corner deli was more than just another business – it was a staple of the neighborhood and a part of the community.
And when you take that first bite, you’ll know. The crunch of the bread’s crust. The soft warmth of its insides. The burst of flavor from the combination of fresh meat and cheese. It’s heaven in your hands.
It’s an experience Connecticut is lucky to have, and one that DiBella’s plans to keep around for a long time. The DiBella family started something beautiful in Rochester, and almost 100 years later they have worked hard to stay family-owned, maintain their flexibility to give their customers only the best, and keep the traditions that have made them so successful.
Now they have been kind enough to share all of that with us. They have established themselves in our communities, hired Connecticut natives, and become a part of our state, welcoming us not only into their stores but into their family, as well.
And on June 3rd, you can visit them at their newest location in Hamden. You can stop by for a delicious lunch or use them to cater your next event with a sub tray, party pack, or order of boxed lunches. But no matter what you order, the food will fill your stomach and warm your heart, because you’ll know that the classic corner deli we all know and love is finally back.