By S.E. Williams
For more than sixty years the family-owned sandwich shop D’Elia’s Grinders has remained one of the community’s most popular eateries.
“It’s the bread,” owners and identical twin brothers Joe and John Perrone mutually agree when asked about the business’ secret to success. Be careful, however, not to ask about the bread’s recipe. “If we tell you, we’ll have to kill you,” is a long-running family joke and traditional response.
Very little has changed about the business since it opened its doors in 1955 beyond the transition from a drive-in to a sit-down restaurant.
Joe and John assumed the business from their parents in 1987. Today, although the twins remain regular bakers, for the most part they are retired and have passed the day to day responsibilities of managing the business to their children. They include Joe’s son, Brian Perrone and his daughter, Amy Stanfield; and John’s son, Johnny Perrone Jr.
For three generations the authentic grinder shop has served-up six and twelve inch subs on delicious, secret-recipe rolls known and loved for their flaky, crunchy crust. D’Elia’s sandwich selections include popular favorites like roast beef, ham and turkey.
2093 University Ave