New deli set to open in Springfield

A Springfield couple took a risk when they opened their own European-style bakery in downtown Springfield, but just a few months later the business has already expanded with a new Italian deli set to host a grand opening Saturday.

Salato Deli has been serving customers under a soft opening for about a week at 40 N. Fountain Ave., but will officially open for good on Saturday. For now, the deli specializes in five sandwiches and all of the bread is cooked next door at Le Torte Dolci, which Dan and Lisa Freeman opened in May this year.

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Customers who aren't sure about trying Italian cold cuts like capicola and prosciutto can also order more traditional meats like turkey and roast beef, Dan Freeman joked. The deli also serves Rue Farms Rustic Potato Chips, a locally-owned business that started in Springfield just a few years ago. And instead of Pespi or Coke, the fountain drinks come from Pucks, a small company based in New Jersey.

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They developed the deli’s decor and menu after visiting businesses in Florence in Italy’s Tuscany region. They said their goal with both the bakery and the new deli was to build a locally-owned business that served items area residents can’t find anywhere else in the area. Lisa Freeman bakes the focaccia bread used for the deli’s sandwiches at Le Torte Dolci, and the majority of the deli meats are imported from Italy.

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What: Salato Deli

Where: 40 N. Fountain Ave., Springfield

Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday

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