Sunday, March 15, 2009

Great family-owned deli -- Mario's Deli, Addison

Friday we decided we wanted something a little more low-key for dinner, and having driven by Mario's multiple times -- and being told it was really good -- we decided some Italian deli food was just what we needed. So off we went to 1700 W Lake St. in Addison, just east of the intersection of Lake and Route 53/Rohlwing.

(There is a second Mario's Deli in Bensenville, at the corner of Green and Addison Sts. We've not been in there.)

The Addison Mario's is clean and simple, with large cases of homemade pasta, panini and other dishes, and a large bakery case full of tempting goodies ranging from napoleons to tiramisu to cookies and brownies.

They offer homemade pasta, fresh-made deli sandwiches, panini, salads, etc. and a large assortment of baked goods. There are a number of tables to sit and enjoy your food at or you can take it to go. There's also a newly-opened wine bar next door called Bigby's Pour House, where you can apparently gather wine or beer to enjoy with your food. We didn't explore that option, but may have to go check Bigby's out at some point soon.

We went for the simple stuff: I had an Italian sub and my husband had an Italian panini. I didn't get to taste his panini because he ate it so fast! But my sub was delicious, with savory meat and cheese and chewy bread.

We took home two triple-chocolate brownies for later, and I can report that they were fudgy and sensational. We were eyeing the pasta pretty hard, and I can guarantee we'll be back to try more of their awesome-looking homemade Italian food. And those desserts. Mmmmm.

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