Italian Deli Readies to Open Saturday in the Square
Authentic Italian deli and pastry shop fare In the heart of the square coming soon, this Saturday in fact.
Anthony’s Italian Deli & Pasticceria
Location: 2 High St., Danvers
Owners: Anthony and Bernadette Maglione
Since: Opening Saturday, April 23
Anthony Maglione is proud of his heritage. The accomplished chef, who is 100 percent Italian, also knows fresh food. When he decided the time was right to follow his dream of opening his own Italian style deli and pastry shop, he set his sights on his hometown of five years: Danvers.
Anthony’s Italian Deli & Pasticceria is the newest welcome addition to Danvers Square and will be open for business on Saturday, April 23 at 7 a.m. Regular hours will be Monday to Saturday 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
"We will be offering breakfast pizzas, pastries, imported Italian coffees and cappuccino starting at seven a.m.," said Maglione. The shop will also have grocery items, such as imported olive oil, soups and chowders, which are all prepared on site with only fresh ingredients, he assures.
The new shop takes over the former home of the Sweet Heart Bake Shop, which closed last year, beside the flagship Danversbank building. And although the shop is located on the busy corner of High and Conant streets with minimal parking spaces located immediately out front, Maglione stresses there is plenty of parking at municipal lots in the area.
Some customers will be able to park out front on High Street, while others can go across the street in the municipal lot next to the atrium building, the lots at CVS on Maple and Conant streets and the public lot on the corner of Elm and Page streets.
“Pasticceria” means “pastry” in Italian and Maglione will have plenty of options available to customers, baked fresh throughout the day.
“We have award-winning bakers doing all our baking. We are the only full bakery baking breads fresh every day, throughout the day, in Danvers,” he added. “We’ll have fresh cannoli, tiramisu and pannini sandwiches.”
Maglione describes his deli and pastry shop as resembling an authentic Italian market, promising that if he can get it imported, he will carry it.
“I didn't want any dried herbs — fresh herbs, only. All the packaging is brown butcher paper; we have real glass bottled Coca-Cola — very ‘old school’ — even the ice cream in the freezer is from Puleo’s in Salem,” he said. For those unfamiliar with Puleo’s Dairy, the Salem company still delivers its milk in old fashioned steel insulated porch boxes, designed to keep the contents cold for hours, and also operates an ice cream shop.
The common victualler’s license for the business is actually in Anthony’s wife’s name — Bernadette, who works as a clerk at the downtown post office on Conant Street. He says he will run the day-to-day operations while she handles the business finances and continues her postal work.
The shop will carry deli meats for purchase by the pound and all sandwiches will be accompanied by homemade kettle potato chips. There will also be flowers for sale inside, making your trip to this deli truly a one-stop-shop experience.