Before the advent of the deli, lunch-breaking businessmen seeking a fresh sandwich were forced to plunder school cafeterias or fold a slice of pizza over a smaller slice of pizza. Experience deliciously ethical lunchtime cuisine with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of Italian lunch fare and drinks at Guido's Deli, which has two locations in Iowa City.
The lunch menu at Guido's Deli fields a reliable squad of fresh sandwiches and paninis. The American Dream sandwich celebrates life, liberty, and hungriness with roast beef, ham, smoked turkey, and a choice of cheese ($3.50–$7). Eight paninis populate the menu, one for each president who could pat his head while rubbing his stomach. The Naturalist unites portobello mushrooms and roasted red peppers with caramelized onions, artichoke spread, and tomatoes on a whole-wheat platform, and the Italian brings together disparate deliciousness in the form of capicola, salami, mortadella, provolone, and roasted red peppers ($3.50–$7). The caprese panini, like the first Roman recipe books, binds volumes of fresh mozzarella, roma tomatoes, and a fresh basil or spinach pesto spread ($3.75 small/$7.50 large) and makes a fine companion for a glass of freshly brewed iced tea ($1.50).
At each location, tables hide from stains under color-varied tablecloths. Patrons can sip cappuccino ($2.50) while feeding eyes with the photons that pour through the large windows, and each eatery comes showered in overhead lighting, in case the sun stops working during lunch hours.