Location: 7 N. Third St., downtown Wilmington
Hours: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday
Serving: Breakfast $2-$5, lunch $6.50-$8.50
Contact/details: 343-DELI (3354) or www.CousinsItalianDeli.com.
Email orders to firstname.lastname@example.org. Limited downtown delivery.
DeLiberto, who hails from New Jersey, says that Cousins “is a deli/sandwich shop; it isn’t the typical deli you’d find back home with build-your-own sandwiches.” Instead, Cousins offers a large selection of made-to-order sandwiches (26 on the menu plus daily specials, not including breakfast sandwiches), pasta and side salads, and baked goods.
Among those 26 sandwiches are deli standbys (tuna salad); Italian cold cut classics (the Genoa has capicola, sopresata, Genoa salami and provolone); hot sandwiches (the Florence has roast beef, eggplant, mozzarella and gravy – Italian deli for tomato sauce); and other sandwiches that use go-to Italian ingredients like meatballs, sausage and peppers, chicken cutlets and eggplant in creative ways.
A selection of salads and desserts, including one of the best brownies I’ve eaten, accompanies the sandwiches and daily specials.
The Parma – piping hot, juicy chicken parm and the tomato gravy on a roll – fared better, with not a bite left on the tray at the end of lunch. Cousins uses both the Parma and Vicenza as bases to build other interesting sandwiches like the Pisa – eggplant, provolone, zucchini and roasted peppers – and the aforementioned Florence.
The Cousins cold sandwich was likewise tasty. Piled high with ham, Genoa salami, provolone, lettuce, tomato, onion, oil, vinegar and mayo on a round or long roll, it’s a monster sandwich. If you ordered it with a couple of sides, it could easily be split between two diners.
Cousins also serves breakfast. Ten variations on egg sandwiches are available on bread or in wraps, or on a bagel. The eggs are cooked-to-order and the sandwiches make for a hot, fresh breakfast if you’re on the go.
Desserts are baked in house. DeLiberto is especially proud of his carrot cake (he uses his grandmother’s recipe) and if it stacks up against the brownie – a three-inch square of fudgy goodness – it’s a winner.
All of the employees were friendly and ordering went quickly, despite the giant menu (which can be overwhelming on your first visit, so take a look at it online before you go). They keep service moving fast at Cousins – nothing I ordered took more than five minutes to reach my table – which is just what you’d expect from a sandwich shop near the courthouse. During my visits, waves of lawyers, jurors and city employees came and went, grabbing meals to go or finding 15 minutes to sit down and eat at one of the tables or at the window bar.
This was a review via SN a couple of years ago.
Today, Cousins is going strong with amazing food, service and atmosphere. They have the best salad and sandwiches. The fresh home made bread is very addictive, so be careful. Ask for their White Vinaigrette with your salad or you can get a fresh fruit salad as a side item. If you love quiche, try mushroom quiche, that’s my favorite. With their long list of items, you could never get bored.
Presidential Style Gives Cousins 5 Stars
For more information visit at www.CousinsItalianDeli.com