You won't forget about Goodfellas Cafe & Deli

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011

The Godfathers. The Sopranos. The Wiseguys.

No, this is not a collection of mobster movies. It's three of the tasty selections you'll find at Goodfellas Cafe & Deli in Ohio Township.

"I like mob movies, and I thought the mob theme would be fun," owner Brad O'Connell says.

O'Connell, who recently watched some of the flicks during mob week on AMC, opened the place on Mt. Nebo Road in July 2010. The 28-year-old also has a neighboring pizza shop.

"I wanted to open something that is like a New York-style deli," O'Connell says. "Our goal is to make a large sandwich where everything is fresh, from the top-of-the-line Boar's Head meats and cheeses to the garnishes to the fresh Breadworks bread."

Start with "The Goodfella" which has Genoa salami, mortadella, rosemary ham, provolone, sopressata, topped with olive salad, lettuce, tomato, red onion & deli dressing on Asiago ciabatta for $8.99.

Or, choose "The Wiseguy," a collection of corned beef, Swiss, Thousand Island dressing and sauerkraut on grilled marble rye for $7.99. It, along with "The Godfather," which is Genoa salami, cappicola, prosciutto, sopressata, provolone, hot-pepper rings, red onion, lettuce, tomato and deli dressing on an Italian baguette for $8.29, and the club sandwich are the top three favorites, because they are classics, just like some of the mob movies that are "a part of American culture," O'Connell says.

There also are wraps, salads and a make-your-own menu where you choose the meat, bread and garnish. Start your morning with a cup of La Prima Coffee brought in from the Strip District.

"I wanted to bring a little bit of the Strip District out here," O'Connell says of the area where he gets a lot of his supplies. "I love that coffee, and people will stop just to get a cup of coffee."

Pair your java with "The Soprano" which consists of three eggs, fontina cheese, cappicola, lettuce and roasted red peppers on a fresh Italian baguette for $7.99. The "Donnie Pastrami" is two eggs, Swiss cheese and grilled pastrami on a fresh bagel for $4.99. It was inspired by Don Bernabo, who owns the adjacent Salon Bernabo.

"We eat at Goodfellas pretty much every day," Bernabo says. "The food is really good and unique, and there is nothing like it out here. Everything is fresh."

Here's a challenge. Finish "The Deli Lama" sandwich and win a T-shirt, which has a photo that resembles employee Tom Shahaen, who owned the Carson Street Deli on the South Side for 13 years.

The sandwich comes with a pound each of corned beef and pastrami, a quarter pound of Swiss cheese, homemade coleslaw, sauerkraut, Thousand Island and deli mustard on three pieces of grilled marble rye for $29.99.

"I like working here, and since I have been in the deli business so long, I am able to help out with what Brad needs to order because I know the business," Shahaen says.

You also can purchase deli meats and cheeses individually or have Goodfellas cater your next party.

There are daily specials and homemade soup in fall and winter. You can dine in, take a seat on the patio, or opt for takeout.

"We know a lot of the customers who come in here by name," O'Connell says. "And over time, you really get to know them and what they like."

Additional Information:

Goodfellas Cafe & Deli

Location: 1604 Mt. Nebo Road, Ohio Township

Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays

Details: 412-741-6078 or website

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