Sandwiches are the specialty at year-old Chef Paolino Cafe

Deli nears anniversary at The Mall in Columbia

Restaurant profile

November 01, 2001|By Jody Vilschick | Jody Vilschick,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Chef Paolino Cafe is a relatively new addition to the food court at The Mall in Columbia - a year at Thanksgiving, says manager Angelo Rossi - and the latest addition to its locations in the area, which include the Bank of America building on South Charles Street and a shop on East Lombard Street in Baltimore.

Chef Paolino's sandwiches - which like most deli sandwiches are served on white, wheat or rye bread or a kaiser roll - include roast beef, pastrami, turkey pastrami, corned beef, ham and cheese and turkey club. Also available are tuna, chicken, shrimp and egg salad sandwiches.

And what would a deli be without a Reuben sandwich? Paolino's serves corned beef Reubens, pastrami Reubens and turkey Reubens, all smothered with Russian dressing, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut.

If you're looking for an authentic Italian sub, consider the chicken parmesan, veal parmesan or meatball parmesan sub.

Others on the menu include the Santino sub, with prosciutto (spicy Italian ham), fresh mozzarella, olive oil, fresh basil and tomatoes on a French baguette; the All-American sub, with ham, bologna, capacolla ham, yellow American cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and "mild hots"; the Ovest Pollo sub, with chicken breast, barbecue sauce, melted cheddar cheese and pancetta (Italian bacon); the Parmacotto sub, with roasted Italian ham, fresh mozzarella, olive oil, tomatoes and spices on a French roll; the Mozzarella Caprese sub, with fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and olive oil; and the Rustico sub, with dry-cured fillet, roasted eggplant and roasted sweet peppers on focaccia bread.

There's also several cold cut subs to choose from, including the Old World Italian, with soppresata (Italian pork salami), capacolla, prosciutto, fontinella cheese and an olive spread; and the Real Italian Cold Cut sub, with salami, prosciuttini, mortadella bologna, capacolla and provolone cheese.

The restaurant also offers two vegetarian subs - one with grilled green and red peppers, onions, black olives and melted cheeses, and a cold vegetable version.

Despite competition from other restaurants in the food court, Rossi is satisfied with his location.

"How do I compete? I compete with the other food court places by giving our customers quality food," Rossi says.

Over the past year, Rossi has come to know some of his repeat customers.

"We get regulars who work in the office buildings surrounding the mall, or shoppers who come here once and then keep coming back," he says. "We're very happy to be here in Columbia - we like the people who come here and the atmosphere here at the mall."

Chef Paolino Cafe

Where: The Mall in Columbia, Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, 410-884-9009.

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Prices: $4.75 to $5.95.

No credit cards. Cash only

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