Dante’s Deli is a beachside sandwich spot inspired by the grab-and-go panino bars of Italy. It’s run by brothers Blake and Taylor Ferrante and their long-time mate Nick Buesnel, who have spent much of their lives in the boot nation.
The menu of sandwiches reflects the Italian inspo with fillings like sopressa, fior di latte, tomato, peppers, mayo and basil, or mortadella, capocollo, provolone, pickled veg and pesto, both in fresh Turkish bread. Plus, a mushroom ragu toastie with provolone and shredded mozzarella. There are also tuna melts and a chicken salad sanga with Kewpie mayo, dill pickles, shallots and green oak lettuce.
The trio tapped Goodwood’s Boulangerie 113 supplies the bread and pastries (croissants, cannoli and bomboloni) and Hark Coffee to provide the air-roasted beans.
The fit-out is simple but a beaut – courtesy of Studiohead – with green terrazzo, white tiles and brushed brass trimmings. For those who would rather eat in, there’s a dog-friendly, ivy-clad courtyard out the back with around a dozen chairs. Or you can grab your panini and head down to the beach for a seaside picnic.
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