Solomon's Delicatessen to open this spring in Davis

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Solomon’s Delicatessen, the much-anticipated Jewish deli slated for the 700 block of K Street in Sacramento, will open a Davis location first, by the end of May.

The deli will take over a 1,500-square-foot space in the Davis Commons shopping center that formerly housed the Hot Italian pizzeria.

With Solomon’s Sacramento location still months away from its summer opening, local developer Andrea Lepore—the co-founder of Hot Italian and part-owner of the new deli—says she and chef Aimal Formoli are hoping to meet the growing demand for the concept.

"We get messages daily of, 'When are you opening?'," she says.

The Davis venture’s interior will mirror that of its K Street counterpart, incorporating a vibrant ’60s-’70s vibe with the easygoing atmosphere of a classic delicatessen—think marble countertops and warm wood tables—says Lepore, who is collaborating with local companies like Lumens and Miles Treaster & Associates to help bring this design aesthetic to life.

Formoli, who owned the recently closed Formoli's Bistro, has been hard at work developing recipes for the Jewish staples that will be on offer, including pastrami, corned beef, smoked fish and lox—all of which will be made in-house.

The chef is also working with bagel consultant Dan Graf of Berkley-based Baron Baking—whose bagels The New York Times has dubbed “as good as Brooklyn’s”—to craft the perfect doughy orbs.

“[Solomon’s is] not a typical New American restaurant that we see in Sacramento quite a bit,” he says. “It’s got culture behind it. It’s going to [bring] East Coast to the West Coast, and also have that Sacramento vibe.”

Lepore hopes that the deli, which will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, will be a welcome addition in Davis.

“I’ve always loved Davis,” Lepore says. “And even though it didn’t work out for Hot Italian, I still believe in the community here.”

7 a.m.-9:30 p.m. 500 First St. Davis.

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