Martinotti’s Cafe and Deli in Portland


Just around the corner from Kenny and Zuke’s deli is Martinotti’s cafe and deli. We stopped in to Martinotti’s, lured by the impressive meat and cheese display. (Apparently we are suckers for a good deli. Also, apparently Seattle needs more delis.) Inside, you feel like you’re in an old-school deli in 1970’s New York.

Martinotti's Cafe and Deli in Portland
Martinotti's Cafe and Deli in Portland

The Magical Meat and Cheese Counter
The Magical Meat and Cheese Counter

The jars of candy on top of the deli counter are fun, and there are probably eight different types of bulk licorice for sale. We ate one kind (shaped like cats) that was quite good, and another kind (shaped like coins and called Dutch salt), that were definitely an acquired taste.

It’s also fun to just browse all the imported foods, admiring the tins of olives and tomatoes. Behind the counter, we saw a picture of the family, decked out in 1970’s splendor. The man behind the counter was one of the brothers in the photo, taken right around the time the deli opened, in 1979. So cool! We’ll be back for a deli sandwich next time we’re in town, for sure.

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