By Claudia Palma, Staff Writer
WEST COVINA – We have so many choices to get a fresh sandwich nowadays – Subway, Quizno’s, and even Vons – but I still like giving the little family deli shops a try.
I’ve seen the Old World Delicatessen hidden in the expansive Eastland Shopping Center in West Covina before and thought I would see what they had to offer.
The old-Italian style storefront nicely welcomes you into the shop, which offers both a sit-down and take-out restaurant and a deli shop where you can buy your own meats and cheeses to take home and cook with.
As much as I would have loved to stay in and enjoy the fresh and tasty-looking all-you-can-eat salad bar, I needed to get back to the office and ordered to go instead.
The menu features a variety of cold and hot sandwiches, New York-style hot dogs, soups, broasted chicken meals, pizza, and pasta dinner combos.
I chose the Brooklyn Bridge Grinder cold sandwich. It has a combination of Italian cuts – mortadella, coppocolla, dry salami – with provolone cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, bell peppers, and topped with a special blend of Italian dressing, on a six-inch Italian roll.
The sandwich alone is $6.85, but I made my order a combo with a drink and a side order of potato salad for a couple bucks more.
Everything in the sandwich tasted fresh and cold, the way it’s supposed to be. The meats were not too salty and had a nice kick of spices of their own.
The dressing was perfectly seasoned, not too overwhelming, and covered the vegetables in the sandwich enough to make them a little soft.
The potato salad definitely had to be freshly homemade and not the mass-produced buckets you can get at the supermarket. It had just the right amount of mayonnaise and seasonings. I even detected a little mustard which I usually don’t like but it blended in well.
The size of potatoes varied from small to large round slices and had the right amount of pickles thrown in.
The shop, which has been in the deli business since 1969, offers daily dinner specials and catering. They also have another location in Upland.
Old World Delicatessen is at 2649 E. Workman Ave. in West Covina, (626) 967-6307; and 281 S. Mountain Ave. in Upland, (909) 608-0418. The deli’s Web site is www.owdeli.com.