Lucca Delicatessen was opened in 1929 by Mike Bosco along with his partners, chef Maggiore Colona and Italo Cencini. If you’d walked into Lucca’s then you would have seen the salami hanging from the ceiling and wheels of cheeses aging on the same rack they have today — as well as a hot-food line, male-only clerks in ties and white gowns, housewives crowded around the counter (there was no number system) and perhaps even a mortadella-stuffed pig in the window for sale by the slice. Their ravioli were sold to the Fairmont Hotel and made by hand exactly as they do today – without the use of a machine – so they’re lighter and more tender than anyone else’s. Today, Bosco’s grand children are delighted to share in the deli’s wonderful legacy as part of what might quite possibly be the tastiest little deli in the world.
“Lucca Deli may be in one of the hippest parts of town – Marina district – but it’s their classic approach that makes their Italian sandwiches so fantastic. Visit any weekend and the line is out the door!” – Lee Ann Monfredini