My wife and I, in need of a change from our regular lunch routine, decided to check out Angelos Italian Deli in Seal Beach today. Just a short walk from our home and located at 133 Main Street, Angelos Italian Deli in Seal Beach offers an authentic deli/grocery experience unlike anything in town. Upon entry you are instantly transported to Italy, with all the furnishings and offerings that one could expect in a small street side Rome delicatessen.
Greeted by a friendly young man at the counter, we both had to take a few minutes to absorb the delicious menu offerings. With an assortment of 22 sandwiches, 10 panini’s, caprese salad and 5 pasta dishes there is surely something for everyone regardless of taste. My wife decided upon the meat ball sandwich and I ordered the spicy salami panini, both of which were more then we expected. The large meat ball was served on a soft roll with generous whole meat balls, melted provolone chesse and a tangy tomato sauce with chunks of garlic and weighing in at close to 2-3 lbs.
Mine was delivered shortly thereafter on a crisp warm panini style bread, and much longer then I expected at nearly 14 inches. My initial reaction after biting into it was that I had been duped into believing I was going to finally get a “spicy” sandwich… but after just a few seconds of chewing I knew I was in for a treat. After eating the first half of the sandwich I was already wiping my brow in response to the healthy serving of spicy salami. Carefully crafted with provolone, garlic spread, red onions and tomatoes this sandwich is perfect for those that love some heat! After dining at a window front table and taking in some people watching, we decided to have a look at the store offerings including the wine, cheese, coffee and miscellaneous spices.
We knew that we wanted nice bottle of Chianti for dinner and had no trouble browsing the dozen or so offerings before deciding on a bottle. Next we looked over the assorted jams and picked a jar of Aunt Berta’s Kiwi & Mango Preserves and a jar of Kaupen Lemon Honey (boy are we looking forward to breakfast). We were pleased to find that the prices were reasonable for everything including the sandwiches that range between $5.99 for a small and $8 – $9.99 for a large. The next time you are having a lunch craving for a real sub sandwich and want to get off the beaten path, top by Angelos Italian Deli in Seal Beach, you might even end up going home with a bottle of wine.