Luigi's Italian Deli opened Thursday in Hampden. It's on that block of front-porch businesses, just a few doors down from the Verandah.
The owners are Jeanine and Ryan Little of Reisterstown. This is a counter operation, with some seating inside and outside on the porch.
On the menu are specialty sandwiches like the Isabella with prosciutto di Parma, soppressata, dry-cured coppa, Asiago, green olive spread and tomato, and Luigi's Italian Cold Cut with mortadella, salame, capicollo, prosciuttini and provolone.
"Hot off the panino grill" offerings include a porchetta -- can't wait -- and The Scooch, constructed with capicollo and soppressata with Prima Donna cheese, roasted red peppers and field greens. Another panino is named the Marcello, after the Littles' 12-year-old son, who I was told was responsible for all of the prepared dishes in the antipasti case, things like sausage and peppers, meatballs, pasta salads and poached chicken.
Luigi's Italian Deli is 846 W. 36th St. For information call 410-814-0652 or go to luigisdeli.net. The deli's hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.