Foodography: James Mazzio opens Red Star Deli in the Icehouse
By noon, there was a line slinking out the door of Red Star Deli, James Mazzio's new sandwich shop that opened at 6 a.m. yesterday inside the Icehouse, 1801 Wynkoop Street, which is also home to Studio F, a behemoth space complete with a state-of-the-art professional kitchen that Mazzio will use, starting in April, for monthly pop-up dinners and cooking classes. "We had about forty people come in yesterday for sandwiches, which was about 35 more than I expected," says Mazzio. "We thought it would be relatively slow, but the lunch hour kicked my ass into gear."
The deli, open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., pimps an impressive selection of fresh salads and hot and cold sandwiches, all of which are bolstered by high-quality ingredients and chef-made dressings and sauces. "They're inspired by the sandwiches I had during my childhood, growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia," says Mazzio. These, he insists, are "the real deal -- authentic sandwiches that you want to rub all over your face."
I stopped by Red Star Deli yesterday, during the lunch crush, and while I refrained from smearing curried chicken salad all over my face, I did get to taste several of Mazzio's sandwiches, all of which were worthy of a return visit. Herewith, the photos of the feast.