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An Italian Deli with Sicilian Pizza Is Coming to Montavilla

Sebastiano’s will operate as an Italian deli and mini-market, with an emphasis on Sicilian products

Sebastiano’s Muffuletta
Muffuletta at Sebastiano’s

Montavilla continues to expand its culinary scene, as the neighborhood gets ready to welcome Sebastiano’s, a mom and pop Sicilian deli. Opening this spring, Sebastiano’s will have muffuletta and Sicilian pizzas, wines by the glass and by the bottle to go, an aperitivo hour, and Italian kitchen staples like olive oils, sauces, and other goods.

Sebastiano’s comes from husband and wife Daniel and Elise Gold, who met at the Culinary Institute of America. They decided to open an Italian deli while on a trip to Sicily, where Elise Gold’s family is from. The shop is going into the small cafe space once inhabited by Heartbreaker Neighborhood Kitchen, and will feature shelves stocked with wines (with an emphasis on Sicilian ones) and pantry sundries like olive oils and pasta sauces. A display case will offer meats, cheeses, sandwiches, and other items for grab-and-go service. A few tables will provide space for a quick muffuletta lunch or afternoon aperitivo hour where diners can come in for a glass of Sicilian wine, low and no-proof spritzers, some antipasti or more robust fare like Sicilian pizzas, and desserts like cannoli. “We want it to be super accessible for the neighborhood,” says Daniel Gold. “We want to offer lunch for less than $10 and a glass of wine for less than $10.”

The pair plan on opening the deli from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to start, with time in the evening to potentially host multi-course “Sicilian Suppers.” Still, all of that is still being developed.

Sebastiano’s will be located at 411 SE 81st Avenue, and has an opening goal of April 1.