This little deli offers a slice of Italy's finest foods to Long Beach locals

BY: DEANNA PITRE

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Second St. is known for its fun nightlife, trendy shopping and worldwide selection of restaurants. Tucked in off the corner of Laverne is Second St.'s own little slice of Italy, Angelo's Italian Deli.Angelo's is an Italian deli and grocery offering an array of sandwiches, deli meats and cheeses, as well as a great selection of pastas, espressos, sauces and wines.

Angelo's features an outdoor patio space in the front with only three tables and red umbrellas. The quaint outdoor setting combined with an authentic sandwich takes customers away from the busy streets of Long Beach and into a mini Italian vacation.

The deli staff puts only the freshest meats and cheeses on its subs, and gives customers the choice of fresh-baked baguettes or ciabatta bread. With a vast wine collection and fridges stocked with authentic Italian sodas and juices, there is a beverage for everyone.

The most popular sandwich on the menu is called the Torpedo. It's a foot-long sub with three different types of meats, including capicola, salami and mortadella. The Torpedo, along with the 26 other Italian subs, is polished off with an oil garlic spread, balsamic vinegar, romaine salad, tomatoes, onions and provolone cheese.

Mike McInoe said his fiancé introduced him to Angelo's and he keeps coming for the Torpedo.

"The sandwiches have everything on it," said McInoe. "They are great for hangovers."

Ben Landis, an Angelo's regular, said it's the taste of the sandwiches that keeps him coming back for more.

"I come here about once a month," said Landis. "I come just for the sandwiches, but if I ever need to cook something I would come here."

To stock up on your deli selection in your refrigerator, the deli is packed with traditional Italian meats and cheeses, including mortadella, capricola, several different salames, provolone, mozzarella and ricotta. The deli also sells pre-made sauces in Tupperware for immediate use as well as imported sauces in jars.

There are 26 different kinds of sandwiches ranging from $6.99-12.99. The sandwiches come in two sizes: the six-inch small and the 12-inch large.

Other favorites on the menu include caprese, mozzarella, eggplant, prosciutto and rosemary sandwiches. Competing with the Torpedo for most popular item on the menu is the Meat Ball, which is a meatball marinara sub topped with melted cheese on a toasted baguette.

There is also a great selection of Italian coffees and espressos including Italy's own lavazza coffee. Angelo's carries Nutella, a hazelnut-based sweet spread, for any college student fresh from traveling abroad who is looking to rekindle that taste.

The wine and beer selection is quite impressive, with selections of different types of red and white wines from Napa and imports from Italy. There is also a small selection of different types of Belgium beer and ales.

For dessert, don't forget the mini cannoli for $1.50. It's a fried shell stuffed with cannoli frosting and mini chocolate chips topped with powdered sugar. They are the ideal dessert after a huge meat and cheese filled sandwich, since they are bite size.

To make the atmosphere complete, authentic Italian music plays throughout the two-roomed deli while the employees still handwrite orders on butcher paper before preparing each meal.

Angelo's is opened Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is located off of Second St. so parking can be difficult, especially on weekends.

Angelo's is a true authentic Italian deli with a staff willing to help new comers. Be prepared for busy weekdays, especially during the lunch hour. Angelo's is not only perfect for a satisfying Italian sub for lunch but for picking up ingredients for an authentic Italian dinner.