Pizzeria in Deep Ellum spins off deli sandwich shop with panini and subs
A pizzeria in Deep Ellum is spinning off a sandwich shop within: Olivella’s Pizza & Wine, the Dallas chain that opened a location at 2816 Elm St. in early 2022, has unveiled a new deli concept within the restaurant where it's serving panini and sub sandwiches during lunch hours.
Called Olivella's Italian Deli, it's open from 10 am-3 pm with a menu of 11 panini and eight 8-inch sub sandwiches, using hoagie rolls and house-made bread, plus your usual meats, cheeses, and peppers, priced from $8 to $11.
- Meatball - house meatballs, house mozzarella, sauce
- Chicken Parmesan - breaded chicken breast, house mozzarella, sauce
- The Don – mortadella, capicola, soppressata, pepperoni, prosciutto, mozzarella, provolone, Crescenza-Stracchino, lettuce, tomato, red onion, oregano, oil, vinegar
- Sausage & Peppers - Italian sausage, peppers, onions, sauce
- Olivella’s Cheesesteak - Italian sliced beef, sauteed mushrooms, provolone, truffle cream, sweet peppers
- Italian Club - mortadella, ham, prosciutto, capicola, provolone, lettuce, tomato, red onion, herb vinaigrette
The menu also includes appetizers such as meatballs & caprese skewers; salads such as Primavera and Caesar; soups such as minestrone, Italian wedding, and tomato basil; desserts such as cannoli and tiramisu; and a limited selection of Olivella's pasta and pizza.
There's a full bar with wine by the glass or bottle, plus draft and bottled beer.
Olivella's specializes in Neapolitan pizza, as well as a Roman/Northern Italian-style thin-crust pizza. There are currently four locations: Deep Ellum, Lakewood, Camp Bowie Boulevard in Fort Worth, and the original near SMU at 3406 McFarlin Blvd.
Olivella's founder Charlie Green says in a statement that they've always made panini, even though they're more famous for pizza.
"Our panini has been our best-kept secret since we first opened in Dallas over 16 years ago,” Green says. "Customer reception has always been great for our panini, but we haven’t had a large-enough offering for the public to think about us as a go-to sandwich place."
"So, in the last few years, we got serious about it, digging into the trove of family panini recipes and adding our take on Italian-American sandwich favorites," he says.