Sandwich Sadness: Da Domenico’s Seized by the CityIt was just a few months ago that we were celebrating the end of the deli dearth in the Little Chitaly area. But no sooner than it opened, da Domenico’s was “temporarily closed” because of family problems. On the front door today is a notice from the Office of the City Marshal, served November 26, indicating the property has been returned to the landlord owing to nonpayment of rent. Here’s hoping owner Frank Migliori bounces back, whatever the situation may be, and starts making his signature salami again soon.
Earlier: Is da Domenico’s Down For Good?
Is Da Domenico’s Down for Good?We were saddened to see that signs on the door of sandwich mecca da Domenico’s say it’s “TEMPORARILY CLOSED due to family problems.” Let’s hope the closure isn’t permanent, since Dom’s (as da Domenico’s was called back when it was on Lafayette Street) is one of Little Italy’s beloved institutions. Don’t believe it? Just look at some of the well wishes that about a dozen passersby have scrawled on owner Frank Migliori’s closing note: “I hope everything resolves itself for the good,” “We miss you!,” “Come back soon,” and the like. If only Ivan Kane could get that love from Little Italy residents.
Earlier: Chinatown/Little Italy Deli Dearth Comes to an End
Chinatown/Little Italy Deli Dearth Comes to an EndNYMag.com’s original review of Dom’s at 202 Lafayette Street states: “This beloved Italian grocery is what you might have expected from Soho before the rents went up.” Not only are the rents up, but there’s a whole new building going up on the site of the former sandwich temple. Dom’s vacated the place back in June and is planning to re-open at 199 Grand Street by Thanksgiving. In the meantime, find Dom’s signature made-to-order Italian sandwiches, salads, and soups at 181 Grand Street, where a smaller takeout outpost, Da Domenico’s, is making its own focaccia and roast beef. There’s no longer space to prepare homemade salami, but Chinatown/Little Italy dwellers will find that the cheese selections are a significant step up from the tired American/Swiss debate at the nearby luncheonette: Brie! Fontina! Asiago!
Da Domenico’s, 181 Grand St. nr. Baxter; 212-219-9640