Penne Lane comes to West Main
A New York-style deli called Penne Lane Deli is scheduled to open up in part of the old Si Tapas/Starr Hill Brewery space on West Main Street this Thursday, April 15. It’s the brainchild of Elizabeth and Joe Gugliucci, former New Yorkers who traded city life for a place in Palmyra seven years ago. For 15 years they owned a Penne Lane Deli in Port Jefferson, Long Island, but moved down here and bought the Boyd Tavern Market, which they sold in 2008.
“We decided to get jobs,” Elizabeth Gugliucci laughs,” but that was a mistake. We realized we like to be owners. Plus, we missed the deli.”
Gugliucci (maiden name Dowd), whose mother was born in Ireland, is a trained chef who once cooked for Julia Child, and her husband lives to bake, she says. The two plan to bake all their own breads and pastries and offer a host of homemade salads, sandwiches, meats, coffees, teas, and other deli delicacies. They’ll also be offering catering services. The place is small, only five tables, but folks are welcome to eat in or take out from 7am to 6pm six days a week. Depending on how things go, they may stay open later.
“We’ll have all the delicious things Grandma used to make,” says Gugliucci. “Nothing out of a box.”