Deli still regular treat in DeLand
News-Journal staffer Amanda Cortright had lunch with her mom, Jane Bradford, recently at Bellini’s Delicatessen in DeLand. They’ve both been going there for years — it’s a favorite spot.
Q. What’s it like? Bellini’s is a DeLand tradition, that’s been there for about 30 years. It’s a mom-and-pop deli that’s casual and very budget-friendly. The menu includes subs, pizza, pasta dinners and salads.
Q. What did you order? Jane ordered her usual — the half salad plate with roast beef, swiss cheese and potato salad ($4). The plates come with pickled vegetables, olives and peppers, which can be omitted, as well as a small loaf of garlic bread. Lettuce and tomato are topped with your choice of meat and cheese (hot or cold) as well as all the salad finishings mentioned above.
Amanda ordered the spinach and cheese calzone ($3.75) with a side of potato salad ($1). Though he wasn’t present for lunch, Amanda’s husband asked for a take-out meal — a spaghetti dinner with salad and garlic bread ($5.75) and a side of potato salad for himself.
Q. Everyone ordered potato salad. Is there something special about it? Bellini’s potato salad is a favorite — it’s not too sweet, not full of celery and isn’t the typical yellow, Southern kind. It’s a creamy white with large hunks of potatoes and very addicting.
Q. Do they take credit cards? No, and the regulars are prepared with cash. Bellini’s is a cash- or check-only joint.
Q. How much did you spend? Remember how Bellini’s was labeled budget-friendly? The total for all three meals, including tax, was $18.43.
Q. Are they open for dinner? Yep. Bellini’s offers the same menu all day.
Bellini’s Delicatessen 111 E. Rich Ave., DeLand
HOURS: 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday
MISCELLANEOUS: No credits cards; cash or check only
PARKING: Bellini’s faces Rich Avenue in downtown DeLand. Parking is available on the street and in public parking lots on the east side and across the street on the south side of the restaurant.
ACCESSIBILITY: Once on the sidewalk, it’s a straight shot into Bellini’s with a small bump at the threshold into the restaurant.