When it comes to choosing deli specialties, I tend to head to the suburbs of Essex County. There, I am almost sure I will be satisfied with deli specialties like: Corned Beef, lean Pastrami, Sloppy Joe's, Lox, Whitefish, Whitefish salad, and counters and cases filled with almost anything you might want to complete your breakfast, lunch, dinner, or special event.

So it was with much happiness that Z Deli & Catering on Mountain Ave., in Springfield, opened their doors on Sunday, November, 18th. Once the chef at one of Essex County’s more prominent Appetizer-Dinner-Take-Out-locations, Executive Chef Kris Wojeciuk and Roman Zingerman have brought their wealth of recipes and expertise to Union County.

“Kris is a very talented chef,” said Frank Russo a resident of Union County, and Color Director-Co-Owner of Imagine Salon in Springfield. “His Deli boasts a warm, family-friendly spirit. From the moment you enter, you’ll notice the staff work as a team. It won’t surprise me if after several seasons, they enlarge their location.”

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“I feel fortunate that I am able to use all of my grandmother’s recipes,” said the busy chef who began his career more than thirty years ago at Larry’s Delicatessen in Plainfield. “I am grateful that I finally listened to our many customers, who continually urged me to open a Deli-Catering-Take-Out Shop in Union County. We’re delighted to be in Springfield, and delighted to greet so many of our friends.”

“You may want to start your day with a full Breakfast featuring oatmeal, with assorted toppings. Choose: Bananas, Strawberries, Cinnamon, Sugar, and of course Raisins. We also offer Steak and Eggs,” adds partner Roman Zingerman. “Be it breakfast, lunch, dinner, or on or off-premise catering, we want our customers to know we are always here for them.” 

“We’re especially delighted with our Salad selections,”  he continued. “We offer a choice of Romaine, Iceberg, or Mixed Greens. Our basic Chopped Salad known as “Chops,” feature Tomato, Cucumber, and Bermuda Onions, while Greek Salads offer Greek Olives, Feta Cheese, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Bermuda Onions, and Romaine Lettuce. We also feature a Grilled Chicken Caesar as well as a Grilled Chicken Salad. Guests are encouraged to create their own salad platters, which are served with Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, and choice of Tuna, Egg, or Chicken Salad, as well as Egg White, White fish salad or grilled chicken.”

Muffin fans will enjoy their treats in flavors of Chocolate Chip, Blueberry, Corn, or Cranberry, while Omelets are served with Home Fries and toast. Guests may choose from a variety of spreads to smear on their Bagel or Croissant.

From plain cream cheese, to olive, vegetable cream cheese, or pimento, to Chicken, Egg, Tuna, Diet Tuna Salad, Egg White’s with Mushrooms and Vegetables, and the ever favorite, Lox, Eggs and Onions. Yes there are side orders, like: Knish’s (Kasha, Potato, and Spinach), Turkey or Beef Sausage, French or Home Fries, Chicken wings, and Egg Barley with Mushrooms and onions.

The menu also includes: Z Burgers, Cheese Melt Sandwiches, Wraps, Pitas, Paninis, and a huge assortment of Deli Sandwiches served with cole slaw, and Russian Dressing, or Mustard and a Pickle.

Specialty Items, will surely appeal to the Z Deli & Catering Clientele. Dinner Packages Include: Poultry, Beef Brisket, Lamb, Salmon, Tilapia, and Flounder. Z Deli also offers Full Service Catering for all occasions, including casual events and barbecues. Yes, Chef/Proprietor Kris is able to able secure: Bartenders, waitstaff, and other chefs.

At present, Z Deli does not offer full-service seating to accommodate large crowds. They do offer a bit of counter space and several high tables that are set about the shop. However, don’t let that curtail your stopping by for breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. Someone will always be more than happy to assist you.

For your convenience, the Z Deli staff encourages you to call in your order at:973.564.8144 or order Online or Mobile at: WWW.ZDELIONLINE.COM. Your order will be wrapped and ready for take-out, when you arrive.

What: Z Deli & Catering, The Neighborhood Eatery. 779 Mountain Ave., Springfield
Call: 973.564.8144
Order Online & Mobile: ZDELIONLINE.COM
Hours: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
FYI: Everything you’ve always wanted and expect to order at a deli is available at Z Deli & Catering in Springfield. Breakfast: Cereals and Omelets served with home fries and toast, Bagels and Spreads, Z Burgers, Cheese Melt Sandwiches, Wraps and Pita's. Specialties and Lunch and  Dinner Packages available. Catering for office, casual events and in-season barbecues. Parking on the premises. Call for details.


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Happy Last  Week of November 2012. I look forward to hearing from YOU!
May you all be well and smiling!