One of the best stops for some “good eats” along Pelham Road is The Deli at Pelham Falls, a New York-style delicatessen.
For owners Brian Lamberti, his cousin Robert Alberti and good friend Brooks Dills, the name is nostalgic. When growing up in Long Island, N.Y., Lamberti said nearly every corner had a deli, but no matter the actual name, everyone called “his” deli the deli.
Like the name, The Deli’s décor is simple. A single picture hangs on the wall, showcasing New York City at night, and plain wooden tables and chairs provide ample seating.
The focal point of the restaurant is the deli counter which boasts a wide selection of Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, fruit, garden and pasta salads, and a variety of desserts.
The Deli serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and also caters. Each meal is hand-made to order.
The breakfast sandwiches are a delicious combination of fried eggs, cheese and choice of meat typically served on a grilled poppy seed Kaiser roll.
For lunch or dinner, custom and signature deli sandwiches are a staple at The Deli. The restaurant’s slogan, “Some make sandwiches, we stuff them,” isn’t an exaggeration.
When asked which sandwich he would recommend, Lamberti hesitated. “It’s like saying ‘which child is your favorite?’” he said.
Just a few options include the Reuben, the packed “Ultimate Philly Cheese,” “The Italian Stallion,” a unique chicken salad, a pimiento cheeseburger and “The Godfather.”
Grits is one surprising item on the menu. “We’re a New York-style deli accommodating the South,” Lamberti said.
The Deli also embraces the hospitality of the South. The service and general atmosphere is personable and relaxed. Lamberti wants his employees to get to know the customers and what they like to eat.
The Deli catering service offers a large selection, including hot meal catering, not just cold meats.
The Deli at Pelham Falls has been in business for more than10 years, although the deli business has been in the Lamberti/Alberti family for generations.
To give back to the community that has supported them all these years, The Deli has started a fundraiser called the “Big Heart Initiative” to help feed hungry children in Greenville. Lamberti said they will donate a hot meal for each heart-shaped brownie gift purchased. More details are available at www.pelhamfallsdeli.com.
The Deli is open every day except Sunday, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Located about 15 minutes from campus at the intersection of Pelham Road and Highway 14, The Deli may be a little farther than other restaurants, but the food is definitely worth the distance!