Today I come to you with another Waterbury gem: Ann’s Deli, a small, old, straightforward place along tightly-packed Baldwin Street.
Their roast beef had been recommended to me, and I was quite curious to see how it stacked up against Carbone’s.
Well, it wasn’t Carbone’s, but it did compare very favorably. Soft, tender – not a ton of flavor on its own, but when combined with provolone, mayo, and oil and vinegar, some sort of alchemy happened that raised it several levels.
One thing about Ann’s: grinders and other items come sealed under plastic against a foam plate, the way a supermarket does it, as opposed to being wrapped in paper. I’m not sure if it’s because they’re takeout-only, but it was the first time that I’d seen a deli do that.
The prosciutto and mozzarella pinwheels caught my eye.
I’m not sure if they were worth a dollar each, but I didn’t regret trying them …
… or the mac salad.
This being Waterbury, there were several products from Milite’s Bakery lined up against the counter. I zeroed in on one in particular:
And it had a smell that took me all the way back to the bread we once made in grade school. Yeast, I guess. Whatever it was, it was delightful.
If I wanted to be really thorough, I could go back and compare Ann’s meatballs against Santopietro’s. I suppose I’ll get to that in a few months or years.