The Montesano market and grocery store will open

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The Montesano Market is set to open this holiday weekend, joining the already open charcuterie on Coast Village Road (photo by Suzanne Lanza)

In April, Montecito restorer Gene Montesano – with the help of the general manager Leslee Russel – took over a Coast Village Road staple: Montecito Deli. The new and improved ‘Montesano Deli’ has brought new changes to the space and menu, and this weekend the market next door is set to open.

The business duo, Montesano Market & Deli, offers breakfast and lunch, including egg dishes, traditional piadinas, classic and Italian sandwiches with D’Angelo breads, salads, prepared deli salads , etc., the market offering a range of imported Italian products. . “We’ll have groceries elevated for everyday use, as well as a one-stop shop for beach picnics, deli meats, and more,” Russell told us earlier this week at the nearly-completed store. , located in the former Letter Perfect Space.

Canned and jarred tomatoes and tomato sauces, pestos, olive oils and vinegars, pasta and risottos, olives, beans, condiments and herbs, chocolates, sweets and biscuits , pantry items are plentiful. There’s also a refrigerated section that includes Italian butter, a range of cheeses and charcuterie, and more. The family-run shop also offers a special children’s shelf, with popular Italian children’s products, as well as gluten-free pasta. The store is stocked with Montesano’s favorite items, and he’s heavily involved in choosing the offerings, Russell said.

The market will also offer charcuterie boards and utensils, as well as picnic baskets, tote bags and napkins – everything you need to create a great gift basket or wrap a picnic basket for the beach. Russell says seating — both indoors and outdoors — will be available for lunch at the deli or to enjoy market shopping.

“We hope people like it and find a convenient place to buy groceries and gifts after grabbing a bite to eat,” Russell said of the market, which also has a Jewish component. .

Montecito Deli was sold in March after a stint of more than 20 years in the same Villa Fontana location. Old owner Jeff Rypysc opened the deli on September 11, 2001 and built up a loyal clientele as well as a dedicated, long-time staff, many of whom have remained with Montesano.

Montesano’s Market & Deli is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with plans for expanded hours in the near future. The Market & Deli is located at 1150 Coast Village Road. Visit www.montesanomarket.com for more information. Catering is also available.

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