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B & Z Deli is a family affair in Indiana Township

Every neighborhood might wish for an eatery like the B & Z Deli in Indiana Township.

It's a dream come true, too, for owner Jeannine Burkhart, the former Highmark employee who prepares the lasagna, chicken Marsala, hefty sandwiches and fresh salads.

"About 18 years ago, I just told my husband I wanted to go to culinary school, and open a catering business. So I went," says Burkhart, a 1993 graduate of the International Culinary Academy.

Burkhart opened her B & Z Deli in March 2005 and named it after daughter Brittaney, 16, and son Zachary, 13. Husband Ray Burkhart works for Provident Insurance, but also helps in the family's business.

"It's wonderful having them in the neighborhood. ... It's very convenient," says Cindy Frohlich of Fox Chapel, one of the many homemakers, office workers, landscapers and teachers who routinely line up -- or call ahead -- to pick up lunch and dinner. Delivery is available for a minimum $20 order.

Burkhart prepares the two fresh soups available each weekday, except for the Maryland crab soup and shrimp corn chowder offered on alternate Fridays.

"Her soups are really good," Frohlich says. "I love her tomato basil."

Hairstylist Lisa McNamara, co-owner of the MCN Salon in Shadyside, recommends the deli's stuffed green pepper soup available each Friday. "It's one of my favorite places," says McNamara, who boards a horse in the area.

B & Z Deli offers 23 sandwiches ($5.25) made with Breadworks breads and Boars Head meats and cheeses -- or Jeannine Burkhart's egg, chicken or tuna salads. Most requested are the Reuben, turkey pepper roast, spicy Italian and tuna melt sandwiches, plus, the Italian and cheese steak hoagies.

Also available are hefty salads -- including salmon, Greek, Cobb and antipasto ($2.99 to $7.99) -- and Burkhart's homemade pepperoni rolls ($1.75 and $2.99).

"I love the 'Jeannine's Salad,' " says Julie Locaitis, a language arts teacher at nearby Dorseyville Middle School. "Usually, I eat half of it for lunch, then save half for the next day, or take it home for dinner, because I can't finish it."

"Jeannine's Salad" -- priced $7.99 -- includes a spring mix of greens, chicken, pears, candied walnuts, blue cheese and dressing. "The chicken is really moist and pulls apart and it's so good," Locaitis says.

B & Z also offers freshly made dinner entrees weekdays: pasta on Mondays, chicken on Tuesdays, pork on Wednesdays, beef on Thursdays and fish on Fridays. On Fridays, the choices routinely include salmon patties ($9.99 per pound) and crabcakes ($16.99 per pound).

Burkhart prepares a number of the dishes "the way her grandmother made stuff," says Audrey Ishenbaugh, Burkhart's mother, and the deli's cashier.

B & Z Deli also sells a number of its entrees and soups as frozen foods. A container of frozen, homemade chicken Parmesan for six costs about $14. "It's great to take to somebody as a kind gesture when they're sick, or something like that." Locaitis says.

Burkhart offers a variety of catering services, too. "We do it from drop-off to set-up-and-serve," she says. "We've done a number of parties that have been over 300 people."

Additional Information:

B & Z Deli

Location: Hartwood Towne Centre at 3392 Saxonburg Blvd., Indiana Township

Hours: 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays

Details: 412-767-4101 or website

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