Rosa’s: Simple and Good

by Joanne on November 5, 2009

My friend Joe Mezz sent me a note raving about a really good lasagna he had at a quaint little deli along Genesee Street in Utica.  Rosa’s Italian Deli – Bakery.   It is tucked into a corner and if you don’t look carefully, you might just miss it.  What a shame that would be.


There were four of us who enjoyed lunch at Rosa’s.  Offered on the menu:  fresh panini’s, hot subs, cold subs and specials which include homemade ravioli, cabbage stew, fresh lasagna, and eggplant ($6.95).  They offer party trays of meats, cheeses, and COOKIES!  It IS a Bakery!


There are only 5 small tables in this little place and as I sat there, people came and went with out pause. You see, I arrived about 20 minutes too early.  Being a people watcher, my early arrival was good fun.

I watched a gentleman sit down.  Delivered to his table was a HUGE dish of Italian Greens with Meatballs on the side.  He tossed his tie over his shoulder and dug in…


I ordered a Utica special:  Pepper and Egg Panini.  Just the way I like it with a mixture of hot and sweet peppers, nothing spread on the bread just fresh fried egg in between two slices of delicate Panini bread.  Price?  $3.95.  Not bad.


Eat in or take out, just go and enjoy a feast at Rosa’s!


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  • At 2009.11.06 09:56, Nancy Jean said:

    So glad you wrote, Joanne … I’d forgotten about Rosa’s. You’re right in that it’s delicious, old time food for a good price. We’re so fortunate in our variety of excellent restaurants, both for lunch and dinner. Thanks for the good word.

    • At 2009.11.06 11:20, Lu said:

      Green’s and meatballs? What a smart idea. And your panini looks just great. Nothing like a sweet and spicy pepper combo.

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