Where the Sandwich Knows No Boundaries:
Some of the Best Delis in Woodland Hills
Unbeknownst to many, the term “delicatessen” refers to a store which sells “delicacies” or fine foods, as simple as that may seem. In English, “delicatessen” originally referred to specially-prepared food, but over the course of time the “delicatessen store” came to be called a “delicatessen,” often abbreviated “deli.” Today’s delis offer a broader, fresher menu than most fast food chains, rarely employing fryers –save for perhaps chicken – and routinely preparing sandwiches to order.
In Los Angeles, from Boyle Heights to Tarzana, there are burger stands, dedicated pastrami shacks and classic delis – all offering sandwiches (and more) made with the freshest of ingredients. So the next time your in-laws arrive at LAX and immediately begin shouting about “no good deli in California,” refer to this list of some of the best delis in Woodland Hills.
Cricca’s Italian Deli & Subs, located at 4876 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, has been family owned and operated since April 2013, lorded over by “Big Joey” who boasts more than 40 years of experience behind the deli counter. Whether it’s party subs or catering for small and large parties, or meats and cheeses by the pound, there’s nothing you can’t find at Cricca’s. This Woodland Hills institution sells premium Boar’s Head meats and cheeses and offers its plethora of mouthwatering sandwiches on either soft or crunchy rolls. From the Big Italian to The Destroyer and even The Godfather, you haven’t tried a between-the-bread treat until you’ve tried Cricca’s Italian Deli & Subs.
German Cold Cuts International, located at 6019 Topanga Canyon Boulevard Suite C, offers all different types of meats – including salamis, smoked hams, turkeys, bolognas and liver wursts – in addition to head cheeses, German beers, wines, candy, pickles and even mixes for making your own food. Owned by the same folks since its inception in 1974, German Cold Cuts International is often called the best German deli in Southern California, with its legions of fans often stopping in for a sandwich, a chocolate bar or even just a pastry.
New York Deli & Catering, located at 21021 Ventura Boulevard Suite 101, is a hidden gem amidst the manicured lawns and sprawling vistas of Woodland Hills, serving traditional deli fare and daily hot specials and soups. Family owned and operated, New York Deli & Catering also offers salads and unique selections such as avocado smoothies – to say nothing of the ultra-affordable prices and overtly friendly staff.
Frank Weiler’s Deli, located at 21161 Victory Boulevard in Canoga Park, was established in 1967 and acquired by Frank himself in 1983. In keeping all customers happy, Frank’s incorporates different types of food into its deli, such as delicious Chicken Kabobs and stir fry dishes, using only the freshest ingredients which yield the best flavor. Everything here is prepared from scratch daily, whether it’s the homemade soups, meats or deserts, ensuring all customers leave with a “happy stomach.”
Cavaretta’s Italian Groceries, located at 22045 Sherman Way in Canoga Park, was established in 1959 by Lou Cavaretta and is now owned by Paul Nunneri and David Weisberg, becoming an L.A. favorite along the way. Offering authentic Italian groceries, east coast-style sub sandwiches, fresh bread and pastries, homemade dishes such as Lasagna and Meatballs and Marinara, vintage sodas and Italian beers and wine, Cavaretta’s brings a great family atmosphere to a classic deli setting. But perhaps what sets this charming little local spot apart is its Italian market-like vibe, something that’s formidably unmatched anywhere in the Valley.
Whether it’s the traditional Jewish take on corned beef on rye, or an Italian sub bursting with meats like Genoa, ham and pepperoni, the concept of deli will remain a mainstay in American culture. When your next hankering for a great sandwich descends, look no further than these delis in Woodland Hills – and tell your mother-in-law to quit backseat driving!