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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Upscale Italian Deli Expected to Open in SOMA Next Month

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 10:39 AM

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An Italian deli and food market with upscale aspirations is slated to open on Townsend near Caltrain early next month.

Starting August 10, D'Urso Italian Delicatessen (236 Townsend at Fourth St.) will serve up breakfast and lunch sandwiches featuring a mix of imported and domestic meats and cheeses. There'll be soups and salads made in house, as well as organic coffee and breakfast pastries baked on site. It's a first venture for owner Joe D'Urso, who told SFoodie he grew up in an East Coast restaurant family. He described D'Urso as a "specialty destination," hawking not only prepped foods but a small offering of olive oils, balsamic, and pastas, in addition to cheeses, salumi, and other meats. The small storefront used to be a gym, D'Urso said, "back when people could afford private trainers."

Lunch sandwiches will range from $5 to $7.95. And while the menu's still in flux, expect offerings like Calabrese salami with tapenade, heirloom tomatoes, and balsamic, and pork loin panino with apple chutney, arugula, and Fontina. D'Urso's Web site is still under construction. Opening hours are expected to be Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sat. 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

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