Are you hosting a Giants party this weekend? Here are northern Jersey’s 5 best bets for sandwiches and authentic gametime eats. What are you craving? Prosciutto? Fresh mozzarella? How about both of them together between fantastic, crusty Italian bread? These Italian delis and specialty food shops can fix you up whatever Italian meat and cheese combo you’re after with the freshest ingredients and quality service. By Emily Tamburri.

Lotito’s Deli

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81 Interstate Shop Ctr
Ramsey, NJ 07446
(201) 327-6066

As an Italian deli, caterer and full service bakery, the selection at Lotito’s is nothing short of impressive. Between the massive sandwiches, daily hot food specials and gourmet Italian pastries, this Ramsey deli is raising the bar on quality food. If you love what is served from behind the deli counter, their Lotito’s can help you plan and cater your next party with an extensive menu and experienced bartenders and waitstaff.

A&S Fine Foods

Margherita Pizza from A&S Fine Foods (credit: A&S/Facebook)

525 Cedar Hill Ave
Wyckoff, NJ 07481
(201) 447-0800

The authenticity of the food served at A&S is what sets them apart from other deli’s and Italian specialty stores in the area. A&S houses some of the finest cured and fresh meats as well as homemade cheeses and breads. Italian groceries line the shelves and varieties of antipasti and cold Italian salads are featured daily in the deli cases. Catering is available for platters as well as cooked food to accommodate any get together.

Vitamia & Sons Ravioli Co.

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206 Harrison Ave
Lodi, NJ 07644
(973) 546-1140

Vitamia is famous for their homemade ravioli and pastas, which have been consistently voted one of New Jersey’s best. The pasta is so good in fact, you can now find their products to whole sale markets such as Kings and offer cross country shipment of these ravioli delicacies. The tiny store front is also creating homemade stuffed breads and daily hot dishes served up for lunch and dinner. The food from Vitamia’s is consistently delicious, prepared from the heart and an instant crowd pleaser.

Jerry’s Gourmet

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410 S Dean St
Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 871-7108

Wine and cheese are taken to another level at Jerry’s. The international cheeses are perfectly paired through their knowledgeable staff with wines from every region in Italy. Expanding your palate with new flavors and pairings is easy at Jerry’s, as their samples and tastings are limitless throughout the store. Jerry’s also offers a gourmet Italian deli (if you haven’t had your fill of cheese samples), gift baskets, olive oils, vinegars and homemade sauces, to help you recreate a full Italian experience in your own kitchen.


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22-08 Morlot Ave
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
(201) 791-1911

Giovanni’s, or simply Gio’s, has made its mark on the New Jersey Map with their famous vodka sauce, which they’ve found a way to incorporate into almost every part of their menu. Open for breakfast, lunch and catering, Gio’s features daily specials as well as their beloved, staple menu items. As one of NJ’s most outstanding deli’s, this Fair Lawn hot spot can curb any authentic Italian food craving with their homemade mozzarella and huge sandwiches served by the friendly staff, who always seem to remember your order—don’t worry, you’ll be back more than once.

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Emily Tamburri is a New Jersey-based publishing professional and freelance writer.
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