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Pauly Penta's Pleases With Classic Italian Deli Fare

By Pamela Sosnowski

Pauly Penta's Italian deli has become an institution in North Providence. During the past two decades it has racked up numerous awards from The Observer, Rhode Island Monthly, Intrigue Magazine and more for its hot and cold sandwiches, soups, salads, calzones, among other classic Italian fare. Owner Pauly Penta hails from North Providence and always dreamed of opening up his own Italian deli to serve the community. Pauly Penta's has been in business now for nearly 20 years and makes everything on the menu fresh to order.

"We have a nice extensive menu," Penta said. "From sandwiches, soups, salads, bakery items, desserts, hot prepared foods, and cold salads; to a beautiful array of specialty foods for any event, large or small. But most importantly we are very proud to say all of our foods are homemade and handmade. From start to finish, past generation recipes to new and modern fare are always fresh every day."

Dining inside the deli may be a no-frills experience, but customers don't mind as long as the food lives up to its reputation. Some of the specialty sandwiches feature chicken marinated in lemon and pepper, breaded Provomi veal cutlet, or sweet Italian sausage. But while the generously sized grinders are a popular item, Pauly Penta's also prepares chicken escarole soup, red and white chowder, salads, and pizza. Bakery goods, deserts, and gourmet coffee is also available, and the deli carries Boar's Head cold cuts.

A large portion of Pauly Penta's business comes from its catering services; a more extensive menu reveals appetizers, including bacon-wrapped scallops, platters of shrimp, fruit and cheese, veggies and more, and every classic Italian hot entree you've ever heard of. Veal parmigiana, chicken cacciatore, and eggplant parmigiana are just some of the entrees available. Catering is available seven days a week, even on Sundays, and is full service and made fresh to order.


lthough the deli's busiest time is naturally during lunch hour, those pressed for time may place an order through Grubhub. The deli offers a variety of specials that change daily, and also pulls together a special holiday-themed menu of Italian delicacies available for Christmas, Easter, and other occasions.

According to Penta, quality food and excellent service are the keys to the deli's success, which should easily keep it going for another two decades and more.

"What separates us from other delis is that we take pride in everything we do," he said. "We treat our customers like friends and family. We personalize and customize our orders. But most importantly, we care."

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