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Fratelli's Deli a New Name for Main Street Mainstay

The former Duffy's still a reliable downtown eatery.

If Fratelli's Deli at 42 Main Street looks familiar, there's good reason. The downtown storefront formerly occupied by Duffy's is under new ownership, but there's been little obvious change in the moderately-priced, handmade hot and cold favorites that made the eatery a popular favorite for everyone from the breakfast working crowd to college students making a foray into the downtown district for lunch. It's shaded sidewalk tables make it a prime location for people-watching in the Rose City.

Patch and friend stopped in for a quick bite recently, and were immediately overwhelmed by the selection: Specialty subs or wraps? Vegetable sandwiches or Sloppy Joes? Grilled entrees or paninis--or even a salad? Decisions, decisions.

Patch opted for roast beef on rye with mustard, while our dining companion shrewdly chose a tuna salad sandwich--a true acid test for any quality deli. An order of fries completed our modest munch.

There's something for every palate at Fratelli's, including an array of Italian subs. For example, The Killer features prosciutto, capicola, sopressata, sharp provolone, mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes and arugula with olive oil, pepper and a touch of balsamic, $8.95. (Also available as a wrap).

If you're dining on the light side try the Greek salad, with feta cheese, Calamata olives, tomato, cucumber and onion, $5.95.

Our lunch didn't disappoint. Patch's companion pronounced the tuna salad the best he'd tasted, not too heavy on the mayo and with a minimum of garnishments. The fries were a pleasant addition, cooked to crispy perfection but not dried out, and with just a patina of oil.

Fratelli's Deli is open 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Most menu items are under $10. Call 973-377-1025 or fax 973-377-1026.

lisa manorisi August 26, 2011 at 12:27 PM
this place is awesome, I love the fresh mozzarella there, the owner Mario told me he makes it there , its absolutely great, nice guys there, hes cute too
dianna September 13, 2011 at 11:00 AM
my two cents, I stopped going there a long time ago, I started going there again because these guys are great , they make everything homemade , yes the muzz. is fabulous, I used to go to hoboken for it , and yes he is the real deal , very handsome,a true Soprano lol,if I could only get the nerve, ok Ill stop here lol, very nice place, we needed it
Lucia Fabbrocile May 15, 2012 at 08:54 PM
I just received catering from them and I have to say that it was DELICIOUS!!! The grilled chicken was perfect and the pasta with vodka sauce was amazing. Their signature wraps were perfect and yummy!!! I know where I'm going when I need more catering.

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