After only one season of a very successful run at being Carleton Place’s go-to food truck (the former Mike’s Fries) operator Matt Maurice joined with his wife Lea to move up the food chain ladder to create a diner/take-out with a difference on Bridge Street. Capone’s Deli launched with a very busy soft-opening on July 23rd and the weather heat-wave in the region paled to the pace of this energetic and dedicated couple’s performance behind the counter. Matt, a chef by trade, knew that something was missing in CP to fill a taste void, and after a short discussion, he and Lea decided on a traditional deli sandwich shop much to the delight of a deluge of town and area residents, who ate them out of just about everything on day one.
Some would say it’s not really fair to review any restaurant during the first few days of a new operation, but after just one bite of my piled-high smoked meat on rye, I knew there were good things in this couple’s future and the demand for their creations would only grow. And the benefit for early adopters (other than mouth watering dishes) is the opportunity to help shape future menu offerings as both Matt and Lea are continually seeking and receiving feedback on what to add to an already impressive carte. And yes, they’ve got the pickle situation spot on with generous wedges with just the right amount of snap and flavor. If you’ve never quite tasted a coleslaw side just like Capone’s, it’s no surprise, as even this often-lowly add-on reaches new heights thanks to its in-house crafting.
In addition to the classic smoked-meat offering, they’ve got Ruebens on rye (named the ‘Knuckle Sandwich’) served with house made dressing, ‘Matty’s Meatball’ subs with handmade meatballs, of course, pastrami, Bratwurst and spicy Italian sausage, along with a wide variety of traditional cold-cut sandwiches. ‘Wally’s Classic’, a loaded cold-cut sub named after the deli property’s popular owner easily made the top three in early customer-selection polls.
While the opening saw Matt and Lea waiting for the installation of their own smoker, their skills at selecting, preparing, and seasoning quality meats means no one will go without their fix until the smoker is up and running. There are also plans in the works for an outdoor patio which will contribute greatly to the increasingly Euro-flair of Bridge Street’s dining atmosphere. In addition this dynamic duo will be installing a traditional refrigerated deli display-counter to sell take-home cooked meats and desserts are on the way as well!
All this comes with prices you just can’t refuse with sandwich plates averaging only $10!! And did I mention the jerk chicken and chicken roti? Spiced and rubbed to perfection just like you’d expect from this team.