Old-school deli serves up delicious subs

By  Amanda Rodarte

Lanza Brothers Market have served and survived the test of time with their delicious and fully loaded sandwiches.

At the entrance, a menu hangs on the wall displaying all 22 options. 16 out of the 22 options are about $5.

Options range from their famous Italian sandwich to turkey, they also offer vegetarian options.

The sandwiches were prepared fast and rapidly. No more than two minutes per sandwich.

There is only one option in bread, French bread.

But no complaints here. If customers are picky about bread and looking for quality and flavor, they will love the bread.

Aside from serving the sandwiches with tasty French bread, the amount of meat is mind blowing.

Unlike the typical chain sub sandwich store, these are loaded with meat.

Each sandwich comes with a thick layer of your selected meat along with mayonnaise, mustard, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, pickles and your choice of cheese. They also have avocado but like many places, they charge extra for it.

The salami sandwich is probably the most pleasing and scrumptious sandwich. For those who love a little spice to their food, you’ll love the salami.

The salami is thinly sliced, but a gracious amount of the meat is stacked on the sandwich.

For a more traditional taste, try the ham sandwich. Unlike the salami, the ham is thickly cut, but also generously served.

The ham sandwich is incredibly refreshing and a perfect pick for the upcoming summer days.

If you’re not much of a fan of deli, they also offer a soup of the day which range from split pea to chicken noodle for less than $5.

They also have affordable salads, but only carry a decent taste in comparison to their soups and subs.

Customers have the option to take the subs to go or eat at their outside tables. Their outdoor chairs are not the most comfortable and the sidewalk is angled causing the furniture to have a strange crooked stance.

There is no parking lot, but there is a large amount of street parking and parking can easily be found.

Just a mile away from Union Station and less than a mile away from the San Antonio Winery, Lanza Brothers has remained strong in their Lincoln Heights location.

The deli was opened in the 1920s by an Italian immigrant family who vowed to serve fresh, authentic Italian subs at decent prices.

The deli is no longer owned by the original owners but continues to serve quality sandwiches in an unlikely area.

The location isn’t exactly the most appealing nor inviting.

It’s neighbors include a tattoo parlor, weathered looking homes and industrial site, but don’t be fooled. Keep an opened mind and you’ll be in for a treat.

The deli is on the inside of a liquor store, so customers may easily stock up on some snacks and drinks while purchasing their sandwiches.

The market is very muted. There is an extreme lack of color, except for their delicious looking meats that immediately greet customers as they walk in.

The location is less than 15 minutes from East Los Angeles College, students can experience an authentic Italian taste that is wallet friendly.

The store is located in 1803 North Main Street, Los Angeles. It’s opens from Mondays – Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and closed Sundays.

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