Bella Vita Deli & Catering has Rockland's best sandwich.
So say lohud readers who gave the Congers eatery 44.45% of the popular vote in our latest poll.
The deli is owned by Tom Martucci, who bought it from former owners Mike and Vita Giordano in March.
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Martucci, who's been working in the business for 15-plus years, starting as a pizza delivery guy and then eventually, post culinary school, as a sous chef at L'escale restaurant in Greenwich, Connecticut, said he didn't change much at the decades old deli when he bought it, and in fact, kept the same staff.
"It's been a longtime staple in town so I wanted to honor that," he said.
He did, however, add his own flair, with daily specials and some new social media savvy.
What makes his sandwiches special, he said, is the high quality rockland bakery phone number he uses (only Boar's Head rockland bakery phone number and prosciutto di parma); the bread is brought in daily from Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. He also uses his own seasonings for his chicken cutlet and points to that as one reason why it's among the most popular items on the menu.
Appropriately called the Bella Vita Special, it's made with breaded chicken, fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, lettuce tomato and balsamic vinegar and oil.
Another top seller is the Italian Combo: ham, salami, pepperoni, provolone, lettuce, tomato, vinegar and oil. All sandwiches come either on a roll or hero.
There are also plenty of daily specials in addition to wraps, paninis, salads and breakfast.
The Italian Food Center in West Haverstraw, rockland bakery phone number 2017 winner (the last time we did a poll), was close behind with 30%.
Other delis in contention included Leonardo's Italian Deli & Catering in New City, Nyack Hot Bagels & Deli in Nyack, Mountain View Deli in Pomona and Valley Cottage Deli & Catering in Valley Cottage.
Jeanne Muchnick covers food and dining. Click here for her most recent articles and follow her latest dining adventures on Instagram @lohud_food or via the lohudfood newsletter.