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Roberto making Espresso

Chiara, Mama “C” and Gianni

 

Castelli’s Deli-Café offers customers sliced meats and cheeses by the pound and a menu of specialty sandwiches, house-made pastas, salads and pizzas.

 

“We’re carrying a lot of Italian goodies,” Chris Castelli said. “Our goal has always been to provide high-quality food. We make our own pizza dough and our own baked goods.”

 

With a staff of 10 people, including her younger son and daughter, “it’s pretty much a family-run business,” she said.

 

When the city of Santa Cruz told Chris Castelli she could not renew her lease for the bait shop and walk-up restaurant she had run for six years on the wharf, she bid “ciao” to Santa Cruz and “buongiorno” to Felton.“I’d always wanted to experiment and do something different,” she said. “We thought, let’s do a full Italian deli.”

 

The menu of Castelli’s Deli-Café, which opened the last week of August 2012 on Highway 9 next to San Lorenzo Valley High School, deviates from the burgers, hot dogs and clam chowder she served at Andy’s Bait and Tackle Shop on the wharf — although those dishes are still available.

 

Castelli’s Deli-Café offers customers sliced meats and cheeses by the pound and a menu of specialty sandwiches, house-made pastas, salads and pizzas. Phone orders are accepted, and Web orders will be soon…