Cipriano’s Italian deli opens in Palmetto Bay

By Fred Johnson….

Pictured are Cipriano’s proprietors (l-r) Richard Cipriano, Chef Peter Haessler, and Sheryl Cipriano.

It’s called Cipriano’s Deli, the sub shop/pizza parlor/pasta place that’s bringing fresh culinary delights of true Italian cookery to an affordable neighborhood eatery. Cipriano’s opened Oct. 20 to a crowd of people and a line going out the door.

The brainchild of an accomplished chef and a local entrepreneur, Cipriano’s, 17579 S. Dixie Hwy., caters to the family’s many moods for Italian food, with a varied menu packed with one-of-a-kind selections.

First, there’s a host of hefty hot and cold sandwiches filled with your choice of slow-roasted, cooked-on-premises Italian beef and turkey; thoughtfully selected Italian meats such as cappicola, Genoa salami, prosciutto, mortadella; tuna and chicken salad; chicken breast Parmigiana, Casalungo-style meatballs Marinara, sweet Italian sausage with roasted peppers and onions.

Our “compliments to the chef” creation is a delectable dipper, a fresh Italian sub roll heaped high with authentic Chicago-style Italian beef sliced thin, then dipped in piping hot broth and served with your choice of cheese and a number of other toppings.

Secondly, there’s pizza as you know it, thin and crispy Brooklyn style with all your favorite toppings. Then there’s pizza like you never tasted before. Our adventurous chef’s specialty pies include Scampi pizza and Chimi pizza, among many others.

A variety of freshly prepared calzones round out your choices.

Our chef’s creations for all of you pasta-lovers include spaghetti, linguini, fettuccini or penne rigate with marinara, pomodoro (fresh tomatoes), garlic cream, or pink sauce. Add scampi, chicken Parmigiana, homemade meatballs or Italian sausage for a true feast.

You can also try our chef’s favorite homemade soups — Butternut Squash Purée, Minestrone d’Estate Milanese and Pasta Fagioli. Or enjoy antipasto or a variety of other salads.

To start, our Italian and not-so-Italian appetizers and sides are scrumptious. Since the Keys are “just down the road,” our chef came up with a to-die-for recipe for conch fritters with his own homemade mustard lime dipping sauce.

Our homemade authentic Italian desserts are all a great way to go home happy.  They include Cannolis, Baba au Rhum, Tiramisu and, again in honor of our neighbors, Key Lime cheesecake.

To keep the kids happy, we’ve also included a typical kids’ menu with chicken nuggets and fries, penne or spaghetti pasta with their choice of sauce.

“Our concept is to provide the finest and freshest Italian/American foods for eat-in, takeout and delivery, all at a reasonable price and I think we have accomplished that, there’s something for everyone.” says Richard Cipriano.

Cipriano’s inviting décor welcomes you with Tuscany porcelain tile, black walnut butcher block tables and black granite bar tops. Your hosts include Chef Peter Haessler, and Richard and Sheryl Cipriano.

Cipriano’s is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from Noon-7 p.m. for eat in, take out or free delivery.

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4 Comments on "Cipriano’s Italian deli opens in Palmetto Bay"

  1. MiamiGoldenGirl | January 5, 2011 at 11:03 am | Reply

    We hope there are no more schools, expansions, Nor Churches, added to Palmetto Bay Village but most of all
    NO MORE CAR DEALER SHIPS !!!! And STOP SOUTH MOTORS EXPANSION PLANS. We are already called the 27 th Avenue of the South and we all know what a trash heap that has become over the past few decades. Dixie Hwy already looks trashy with all the Car DealerShips here, ENOUGH !!!!!

  2. SW Palmetto Bay Res | January 5, 2011 at 11:12 am | Reply

    I would suspect that MiamiGoldenGirl would not be happy to find out about Mayor Shelley Stanczyk's next business to come to the area: "Antique AutoMall, Y'All"

  3. We need more places to eat but this place is way to expensive! Cost me about $11.00 for a sub and a coke, a little on the pricey side to be nice.

  4. Firefighters and LEOs get 15% off their tab at Ciprianos even when not in uniform. All I had to do was show my id. I have been there a few times already. They say that all of their food is made from scratch, and I believe them. Funny how no one has said how the food was, just about the price. Their Italian beef sandwich is amazing. Their pizza is excellent. And they are the only place around here that delivers for FREE. Steves charges $4! I saved around $10 off my bill when I took my family in, so the discount is not only for the individual.

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