MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Nargiz Deli & Cafe, serving modern European and Mediterranean cusine, celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, October 17, at 1651 Springfield Avenue in Maplewood.

Nargiz Deli and Cafe is run by Nargiz Kazimova and Aziz Ismailov, a husband and wife team who have been in business for 15 years, opening their location in Maplewood after many years on Morris Avenue in Union.

The ribbon cutting was attended by Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca who stated “we welcome the addition of the Nargiz Cafe and Deli. This is exactly the kind of ethnic food we would like to see more of on Springfield Ave. Springfield Ave. is becoming more and more diverse in its offerings today, and its good for the town.”

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The ribbon cutting was also attended by India Larrier, Maplewood Township Committee, Vincent Manno, Board of Trustees of the Springfield Avenue Alliance, and Rene Conlon, Executive Director of the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce.

Deputy Mayor Kathy Leventhal also attended and said, “we’re grateful that this new restaurant contributed to the Maplewood Loves Wellness cookbook." 

Also present at the ribbon cutting were employees and clients who have followed Kazimova and Ismailov  to their new restaurant in Maplewood.

Kazimova is the primary chef, with Ismailov assisting. In addition to his work at Nargiz Deli and Cafe, Ismailov also teaches about 50 violin students.

Nargiz Deli and Cafe is open 7 days a week. They also provide a catering service that serves 250 meals a day to several local schools and a senior care service.

Specialties at Nargiz Deli and Cafe include Azeri Kebab Salad, Vegan Cabbage Salad, and Georgian Brick Oven Chicken.