New York Deli to Open on Trade

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Wednesday, May 2

Two brothers are looking to make a long-time dream a reality by opening a deli on Trade Street.

Anthony and Rob Mazzitelli, Greer residents who transplanted from New York, have both been working in restaurants for years hoping to one day start their own business.

“We’re excited to be opening up our own place where we can make our own fresh dishes,” Anthony said.

The opportunity came inside of Chelsea’s Ladies Apparel, located at 224 Trade St, Greer.

“We’re really excited about it,” Rob said. “We’re shooting for mid to late May (to open).”

The deli is going to be only lunch service Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Our menu, starting out, is quite basic,” Rob said.

Soups, sandwiches, salads and quiches are part of the plan.

“It’s all fresh prepared homemade kind of stuff,” Rob said. “We had planned to have a deli special. This is just whatever my brother plans to do that day.”

“I think that the home style, deli style cooking at an affordable price is what will separate us,” he said.

The Mazzitelli brothers moved from Rockville Centre in Long Island, New York, to Greer, South Carolina, about seven or eight years ago.

“Coming from New York, there’s a lot of things we miss,” Anthony said. “You come to a New York deli; you get a sandwich. You come in here, you’re going to get what you pay for.”

“Once we get going, who knows where we can go from there,” he said.

Anthony worked for nearly three years as a line cook at Della Ventura’s Ristorante and Pizzeria.

“They took me in,” he said. “I was going to culinary school at the time.”

Anthony studied Culinary Arts at Virginia College in Greenville, and graduated from South Side High School in NY.

“Sandwiches are always my favorite—something quick, simple, pleasing,” Anthony said.

Having signed the lease in the past couple of weeks, the next steps are renovating and bringing in the necessary equipment before inspections.

“We have our licensing and zoning and all our permits submitted,” Rob said.

For the past year and a half, they have been looking for an opportunity. When they saw the sign near Chelsea’s, they called and went from there.

“When we went in, we met the wonderful people who own the building,” Rob said. “It just kind of felt right.”

Brandon Price, who owns the building, is leaving room for the addition of new signage for the New York deli coming to the restaurant location, where Chocolate Toad used to be.

“We’ve just leased the restaurant to a New York deli,” Price said at a recent Board of Architectural Review meeting. “They’re really good. We’re really excited about it.”

“We’re given it a go, and we’ll see what happens,” Rob said. “For us, especially my brother, it’s a passion of doing his thing.”

Written by Kaelyn Cashman, Greer Citizen

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