Congrats, Gaetano’s!

Countless Westporters — including scores of Staples students — know that Gaetano’s is a great deli.

Now the rest of America knows it too.

The Post Road East place — it’s in a basic mini-strip mall diagonally across from Stop & Shop — has just been named the Best Deli in Connecticut, by the Food Network.

The Westport location shares the honor with 2 other Gaetano’s, in Stratford and Monroe.

The Food Network says:

Here’s a NYC insider tip: Manhattan’s Little Italy may draw the tourists, but locals head instead to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.

It was there that the owners of Gaetano’s Deli got their start. Guy Catalano and Milanno Ukehaxhaj worked together at the famous Mike’s Deli on Arthur Avenue before bringing their own Italian-style delicatessen to Stratford, Connecticut, more than 2 decades ago.

The pair have since expanded their operation into 3 locations to keep up with local demand for Gaetano’s mix of Italian grocery items (including housemade mozzarella) and stuffed breads crammed with pepperoni and cheese, eggplant parm and the like.

The Food Network used this photo to illustrate Gaetano’s great menu.

The selection of panini alone takes up nearly an entire page of the menu, with more than 20 different ways to fill the grilled sandwiches. Each one starts with Italian bread picked up daily from Addeo’s Bakery in the Bronx, which is then piled high with classic deli meats.

Options include bresaola (cured filet mignon), Oldani salami and plenty of Boar’s Head varieties.

If you haven’t tried Gaetano’s yet, that should whet your appetite.

If you need even more, here’s a link to their mouth-watering menu.

Tell ’em the Food Network sent you.

(Click here for the full Food Network story, with all 50 Best Deli in the State selections. Hat tip: Frank Rosen.)

4 responses to “Congrats, Gaetano’s!

  1. SILVER BULLET is the only sandwich with “fresh tomato”.
    What’s a sandwich without tomato.

  2. Congratulations and big love to Gaetano’s! Not only is their food delicious but Milanno and his staff are the best! Always so kind and happy to see their customers. So we’ll deserved!

  3. Rhona Lieberson

    Gaetanos Certainly deserves all the notariety. Not only are the deli foods excellent, and not only is it fun to be there….it is like family and what about the grinders they supply to our Westport Teams as they head on the bus to the nite games. Westport is soooo fortunate to have Gaetanos in its Town,,, than you to all the folks who work there with smiles!!!!! Truly is a Happy Place for EXCELLENT deli.

  4. Katherine Calise

    Best Deli in town good honest people!!!