Early theater audiences pelted actors with vegetables and deli meat as a violent call for the snack bar to make better sandwiches. Experience improved sandwich artistry with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of deli fare and drinks at Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen in Mission Viejo.
Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen built its menu of more than 70 hot and cold East Coast-style offerings on a foundation of freshly-baked bread. Jump-start bodily batteries with a breakfast bagel ($1.19) or Radio City sandwich ($3.99), two eggs, ham, and American cheese served hot on a Kaiser roll. Or scale the heights of hunger with the skyscraping Empire State ($5.69/half, $8.99/whole), a chicken breast construction that towers with turkey, provolone, lettuce, wacky CEOs pretending to be gorillas, and tomato. Alternately, the kid’s meal deal ($3.99) sidekicks a ham or turkey sandwich with a companion chips and a medium soda. Gandolfo’s also serves Nathan’s Famous hot dogs ($3.69), vegetarian sandwiches ($4.69/half, $6.99/whole), soups ($1.99), salads ($6.49), and desserts ($1.99).
- I really liked Gandolfo's. I think that they succeeded in making a good New York sandwich. They will definitely make it into my sandwich cycle. With 50 different sandwiches to choose from, they have the variety to keep me coming back. – eating my way through oc
- Yum, Yum, Yum we had the egg sandwich with bacon, cheese, salt, pepper and ketchup! Hard to find a NY style egg sandwich on the west coast - but this is it! – Erin K., Yelp
Gandolfo's New York Delicatessen
Craig Gandolph entered the deli business in Long Island, making the sandwiches he’d always eaten growing up in New York. When love brought him to Salt Lake City, he missed the flavor of his hometown. So he opened the first Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen and named his sandwiches after the Big Apple locales that he missed. Today, his little sandwich shop has grown to encompass dozens of franchises across the United States, slinging sandwiches from both brick-and-mortar joints and gridlocked food trucks.
The Mission Viejo location, one of four in California, is owned and operated by sisters Yami and Elizabeth Marin, according to a 2009 article in the Orange County Register. Yami's husband grew up in Queens and helped her discover deli food during many East Coast trips to visit his family. Inside the restaurant she shares with her sister, red accent walls, exposed ductwork, hardwood floors, and photographs of New York landmarks work together to transport diners to a New York deli.