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The Early Word on Capo Deli

“The best sandwich shop in the area imo.”

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Tierney Plumb
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

D.C. transplant Capo Deli opened this month in the heart of Shaw, hoping to lure in a round-the-clock city crowd hungry for hoagies. The new neighborhood eatery is actually a longtime fixture in Florida, debuting in Boca Raton in 1985.

Capo co-founder Andy Seligman, co-owner of Brickside Food & Drink in Bethesda, Maryland, and Grand Central DC, runs the 750-square-foot establishment with his longtime business partner Brian Vasile. It carries much of the same products as its sibling, V & S Italian Deli, down south: think The Capo Special (sopressata, mortadella, provolone) and hot plates like chicken Parmesan, lasagna, and baked ziti.

There are also grocery items, including gourmet meats, cheeses, crackers. (There’s also a secret speakeasy called the BackRoom hidden behind a freezer door, but reviews below just focus on the sandwich shop up front.)

Read on to hear what eaters are saying about the fledgling deli just a few weeks in:

The Italian Decor News: DCist writes, “Though small, the space has homey touches. A gorgeous Instagram-worthy mural is splashed across the wall in Italian-flag colors, and black-and-white portraits grace the walls, from the 1937 Cardozo High football team to Falcone’s grandparents.” [DCist]

The Authentic AF News: Facebooker Robert Walls calls it a “pure New York-Style deli! Go! Eat! Take a quick breathe! Then, eat more!” Facebooker Robert Kinsler thinks “anything run by these guys is excellent. Awesome food. Authentic deli sandwiches. The best.” Instagrammer @mdvega23 says, “I'm a total sandwich snob and this little guy from #capoitaliandeli made me a happy camper!” [Facebook, Instagram]

The Feeling Full News: Yelper Craig P. calls it an “excellent, authentic Italian deli with large sandwiches that are good for two meals. Get the seeded bread.” Yelper Alex B. “got a large turkey sub with hot peppers and the Italian dressing. It was enormous and I had it for 2 meals.” Yelper Richard D. “got the large Capo and the sandwich is pretty solid. It's a hefty (length and weight) lunch so you're gonna be full.” [Yelp]

The Late-Night News: Facebooker Ziad Abulaban says the, “Best part ... they open until 3 am on weekdays and 4 am on Friday and Saturday! My new late night spot (I'm not going to lie, probably be my day time spot too) for a great sandwich.” [Facebook]

The Get It Together News: Yelper Maura T. says “two out of five [sandwich orders] have been incorrect. That's not a great track record, but I keep going back because the other three sandwiches were all the Italian combo. It's AMAZING.” [Yelp]

The Quality Control News: Facebooker Mark Szymanski says, “They don't skimp or cut any corners. High quality bread, meat, and cheese. Everything you'd expect from a deli anywhere else but DC.” Yelper Ali M. notes it’s a “fresh deli, on point bread, and very friendly people. The best sandwich shop in the area imo.” [Facebook, Yelp]

The Bread and Butter News: Washingtonian says “the fresh rolls — seeded or plain, crispy or soft — are the base for a variety of hot and cold sandwiches. One of Falcone’s specialties is house-roasted rare Italian beef that’s shaved to-order and layered with marinara, romano cheese, and melty mozzarella.” [Washingtonian]