Calling itself ‘The Deli’ is almost underselling itself somewhat: it does indeed have a deli counter selling olives, Panini’s, sun-dried tomatoes etc but the majority of the space is devoted to the café. Owned by an Italian family, the focus remains on Italian-style food, whilst also offering a wide selection of other breakfast and lunch goodies from full English’s to croque madame, and soups and salads to toasted sandwiches and lasagne.
The décor is simple yet bright, making the place feel fresh and inviting. It’s a popular spot and there is always a steady stream of customers, particularly late morning and into lunchtime when it becomes a bustling hive of activity. With it being situated on the main road through Didsbury it’s great for nosey people like myself who love a spot of people watching!
I’m not usually a big bread fan, but love trying the different Panini’s and particularly like the basil pesto flavour with melted cheese oozing onto the plate. It might be a little pricey at nearly £ 5 but the ingredients are fresh and tasty, and the fillings always generous.
What makes the place is the staff who are all friendly, helpful and accommodating. They really go the extra mile – ensuring that they open the door for customers arriving, welcoming everyone warmly, and even going to the extent of offering blankets for those (fool!) hardy customers who like to dine outside and embrace the onset of the inclement Winter weather!