Article by Stavros
If you’re in the Newbury, New Hampshire area near Lake Sunapee and are hungry for some Italian food, stop by Marzelli Deli for a home cooked meal! The New England Travel Journal and team visited Lake Sunapee House in late October and on of one our days in the area we popped into the store for a quick lunch. Our itinerary for the day was to spend time at the lake house, recharge with a hearty meal and then hike Mount Sunapee to catch the jaw-dropping views of the lake. In our search for something hearty and delicious we quickly decided to visit Marzelli Deli. Our rumbling stomachs were immediately drawn in by the pictures of sandwiches, pizzas and pastas that the Deli offers.
As we walked in, we were immediately greeted by a display case full of sandwiches and paninis ranging from fresh mozzarella and pesto, to buffalo chicken and roast beef. In front of the case was a table piled high with homemade pies like apple walnut, apple crumb, pumpkin, strawberry rhubarb and blueberry. To the right of the pies were refrigerators full of homemade meals like lasagna, pasta and meatballs, chicken parmigiana, eggplant parmigiana, chicken and broccoli alfredo, lobster ravioli, and butternut squash ravioli.
Many of these meals are available in single or family portions. Spoiler alert, the best part of the whole place isn’t the imported Greek Olive Oil and vinegar refill station. It’s actually the homemade gelato available in chocolate, pistachio, Donatello, blood orange sorbet, maple walnut, lemon sorbet, strawberry, raspberry sorbet, mint chocolate chip, and vanilla.
But how can this place get any better?!? Well, it might just be the fact that they sell a variety of beer, hard seltzers and wines! This is a huge plus in our book because in our home state of Connecticut we’re limited to buying alcohol at liquor stores and grocery stores.
To fuel up for our three-mile hike we ordered a Caprese, the Marzelli, Mount Sunapee and Buffalo Pollo paninis. I’m happy to report that all four were satisfying to the very last bite. We washed those down with a few seltzers (I won’t reveal whether they were spiked or not) and bought a few desserts for later in the day.
Marzelli Deli is a definite “must visit” for a quick meal in our book. There’s a good amount of seating inside as well as a couple of picnic tables outside for the warmer months. Drop by and enjoy a delicious panini or sub for lunch and take a meal or two plus a few pies and some gelato home for dessert!
If you would like to read more on our adventures in Newbury and other places, articles will be posted at New England Travel Journal.