Monday, March 19, 2012

Paradiso's Italian Delicatessen

Saturday afternoon some friends asked us to join them for lunch at a "small Italian deli" close to downtown. We were more than happy to go along because we were hungry and thought it would be a good opportunity to spend some time with some great friends. Here are some pictures from our visit...

Once you walk in, it looks like you've been transported to 1969; the walls are covered with dated posters and wood paneling, giving it a laid-back, family feel, reinforced by the casual the staff. You can order sandwiches (hot or cold), or you can order hot food (i.e. homemade raviolis, lasagna, eggplant, etc.). The original owner and a kind, older woman (who I assume is his wife) manage the food and cash register. Once you order and pay, you settle into the back room with outdated decor and stovetops from the 1950's era, or the front patio if the weather is nice.

One of the first things I noticed was the stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of a daily routine. If you are in a rush, and need the quickness of a drive through, you may want to skip Paradiso's. The owner was prompt, but he seemed to be working on a singular speed. Saying that, if there was no one in line ahead of us, we probably would have gotten through much quicker. Plus, it's nice to slow down and enjoy the environment every once in a while.

The food was absolutely delicious and everyone was happy with what they ordered. Pricing was more than fair, and is adjustable based on how much food you want to get (i.e. adding sides vs. ordering a la carte). If you're looking for quality, homemade Italian food, I highly recommend checking out Paradiso's.

Paradiso's Italian Delicatessen
791 Auzerais Ave
San Jose, CA 95126

Have you ever eaten at Paradiso's? Do you have a Mom 'N Pop shop eatery you just love? 
(All photos taken for Short Story Long)


  1. I have eaten at Paradiso's quite a few times. Stacy you are right, you can never be in a hurry. The food was delicious! Everyone should try is very affordable.

  2. I'll have to try it one day with a few work friends. Sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing, sweetie girl.


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