2 brothers decide on Ellicott City

The Serras open second delicatessen, `an upscale sub shop'

Restaurant profile

January 31, 2002|By Karen Nitkin | Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Brothers John and Jamie Serra spent about two years looking for just the right spot for their second Serra Brothers Italian Deli before choosing the Bethany Square Shopping Center on U.S. 40 in Ellicott City.

The restaurant, which opened Jan. 18, offers pizzas, sandwiches, salads and Italian-style entrees. "It's like a step up from fast food and a step down from a sit-down dining room facility," says John Serra, who runs the Ellicott City location.

In Eldersburg first

The brothers opened the first Serra Brothers in Eldersburg about 4 1/2 years ago, John Serra said.

At the time, John was 25 and Jamie was 21. The brothers live in Eldersburg, where they grew up, and Jamie Serra is in charge of the Eldersburg deli.

Customers in both locations order at the counter and can take their meals out or eat at tables in the large, well-lighted restaurants.

If they eat in the restaurants, the food will be brought to their table.

"I would say it's like an upscale sub shop," John Serra said.

Rolls baked on-site

The sandwiches are made with Boar's Head meats and include such "free fixings" as lettuce, tomato, onions, hot peppers, pickles, mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup.

The rolls are baked on-site, John Serra said.

Pizzas are available as thin crust or deep dish, both of which are hand-tossed, he said.

Specialty pizzas include a "mega meat" version with pepperoni, salami, ground beef, ham, Italian sausage and bacon, a pesto prosciutto pizza and a broccoli cheddar pizza.

Italian favorites

The entrees include such Italian favorites as eggplant parmigiana served over pasta, homemade lasagna and chicken Alfredo over fettuccini. Hamburgers and salads are also on the menu.

Serra Brothers also serves kids meals of chicken nuggets, grilled cheese and more, all served with french fries and sodas.

Cheesecake and cannoli

Desserts, including cheesecake, cannoli and cookies, come from a bakery in Baltimore called Perfections by Allan.

The restaurant also sells retail items, including olive oils and pastas.

Serra Brothers Italian Deli

Where: 10132 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City; 410-418-8555.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Prices: $4.99 to $8.99 for sandwiches, $7.49 to $14.99 for pizzas and $5.99 to $8.99 for entrees.

Credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover

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