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Anthony's Sells Old-Time Fresh Deli Foods

Anthony's Deli Warehouse on Clearwater-Largo Road sells bread, meat, cheese, olives and much more.

Walking into Anthony's Deli Warehouse is like stepping back in time 30 years, and that's the way owners Joey Leo and Paul Mendel like it.

The Clearwater-Largo Road business sells bread, meat, cheese, olives and much more.

"We are a small old-time business. We make our own mozzarella fresh. We grind our sausage fresh. Everything is old time except there's no sawdust on the floor," Mendel said. "Everything is sliced and made to order ... and wrapped in butcher paper."

Jars of olives with ladles line one wall, and a counter is filled with lasagna, fresh mozzarella, pasta salad, clam shells and other home-style-prepared foods. Pastry, bread, noodles and other staples fill shelves. Sandwiches can be made to order.

The deli meats, which are mostly made on the premises, are priced competitively. The turkey is $6.99 per pound; ham is $5.99 per pound, Mendel said.

Mendel, 50, and Leo, 49, both have operated other businesses, including the pizza restaurants in Clearwater Leo has owned. Anthony's Deli opened in May 2011. The family friends said they did not want to use their own names in the business' name, in case their sons wanted to start a business, but now their sons like the name Anthony's, too.

Largo resident Danielle Perfetto came into the deli recently with her six-week-old daughter. During her recent pregnancy, Perfetto came in all the time because Anthony's turkey is very low in sodium and she could not eat other deli meats, she said.

The food "is all very fresh. You can feel good about what you eat here," Perfetto said.

If You Go

Anthony's Deli

1435 Clearwater-Largo Rd. N.

727-581-4400

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Lori Morgan January 28, 2013 at 12:31 PM
I have been shopping Anthony's for awhile now. I just love it. The food is so awesome and I have never had deli meat that taste as wonderful as theirs. I have told everyone they should try it, and everyone that does try keeps going back. I hope everyone just gives it a try, its wonderful. And the food is not the only awesome stuff there, the people who work there are the nicest of people. Always warm hearted, smiles, with a desire to please everyone. Just a completely wonderful place.
Diane January 28, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Have you applied to take food stamps yet? Most of the people in this area are on food stamps. Your business might pick up if you start taking them. Let us know when you do, okay?
Paul January 28, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Wow, Great Write up, They have a facebook as well where you can see a lot of there daily specials http://facebook.com/anthonysdeliwarehouse

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