Spinelli’s Deli has been on my list of places to try for a while. Located in a strip mall on the edge of the Victorian Village neighborhood of the city, they’ve been serving up amazing deli sandwiches and other specialties for over 13 years. The shop’s GM, Joe Spinelli, has been involved in the restaurant business since childhood, and his passion for delivering quality food is a well-known fact around Columbus.
With that in mind, Spinelli’s Deli has been on my radar recently, but with my work schedule (yes, I do actually have a regular job that I do, and unfortunately don’t get paid to eat breakfast food full-time), and travelling the city everyday the way that I do, I just haven’t been able to visit until now. So, while working nearby, I made it a point to stop in for breakfast early on a Monday morning.
Walking inside, I noticed that the shop was very bright and cheery. Both the employees behind the counter and the patrons who were sitting and sipping coffee seemed happy to be there, which is always a good sign. The walls are bright, and were filled with large, colorful photos for a recent art exhibit featuring cancer survivors, which was really cool to see. There were around six tables of various sizes available to eat at, and from what I observed, it seems as though they do a very good walk-in business as well. The storefront is comprised of floor-to-ceiling windows which floods the dining area with plenty of natural lighting.
The order counter is directly across the room from the front door. Colorful menu boards hang from above, and a small pastry/dessert case and chip rack are situated just to the side. Spinelli’s menu is composed of breakfast (which is served all day) and lunch options. “Breakfast Sammies” are available on your choice of bagel (of which they have around a dozen flavors), an English muffin, or a croissant. They offer a breakfast Reuben, a chipotle breakfast burrito, a lox Sammie, and many others. They also serve breakfast platters, which include several varieties of scrambles and pancakes. Their lunch menu consists of pastas, flatbread pizzas, gourmet deli sandwiches, paninis, salads, and more. Spinelli’s offers catering options for anyone looking for a tasty alternative to your run-of-the-mill party fare.
Spinelli’s serves locally roasted Crimson Cup Coffee in several varieties, including a “Private House Blend” made specifically for them, appropriately named Spinelli’s Blend. The urns are available for self-service at a small coffee bar that was well stocked with condiments.
I ordered a Southwest Bacon & Egg Sammie ($4.49), which was built with my choice of toasted carb (I went with an everything bagel), a fried egg, jalapeno bacon and pepper-jack cheese. I love everything bagels, because you get a little bit of many different flavors, just as the name suggests. It was deliciously crusty on the outside and warm and chewy on the inside. The real highlight here was the jalapeno bacon, which was outstanding! It had some decent heat by itself, but seemed a little milder inside the sandwich, being combined with the egg and bagel. It was cut thin, but the flavor more than made up for the lack of girth. Brilliant sandwich!
I added the Hashbrown & Coffee Combo ($2.29) to my sandwich to complete my meal. The hashbrown was your typical frozen potato patty, but was cooked well and was not overly greasy, which I was thankful for. I was given a large coffee cup to fill with my choice of brew, and I tried the Spinelli’s Blend. It was exquisitely smooth and rich, and tasted a little fruity, nutty and earthy, similar to Crimson Cup’s Ethiopian Harrar blend. Very, very tasty.
Spinelli’s offers fresh baked goods for those who like to end (or start) their meal on a sweet note. Large cookies, muffins and slices of cake are available for dessert, and man, did they look yummy!!
In addition to their awesome food, Spinelli’s Deli is also known for being a huge supporter of their community, and Columbus in general, and frequently participates in humanitarian opportunities and fundraising events. For example, at the time of my visit they were attempting to collect 100 – 10-pound turkeys to donate to NNEMAP, a food pantry in the Short North, to help less fortunate families have a turkey on Thanksgiving. Honestly, how could someone NOT support a business that cares so much for people in need?? Great work, guys.
All around, Spinelli’s Deli’s is a top-notch restaurant in my book. The food is excellent, the atmosphere is uplifting, and the community support is commendable. Next time you’re in Victorian Village, stop in and have a sandwich or one of their other specialties. And if they’re trying to help someone out, buy an extra bagel or coffee to show them your support.
Spinelli’s Deli is located at 767 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43215 (Map). They are open Monday – Friday, 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM, and Saturday – Sunday, 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM. For more info on the deli or their current fundraising projects, visit their website or their Facebook page.