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Mark and Mila Shumiatsky are natives of Estonia by way of Westchester County, where they owned delis for several years before relocating to the Triangle with their family. They opened From NY With Love Deli (10511-119 Shadowlawn Drive; 847-4484; www.fromnywithlove.com) late last month in Falls River Town Center, a new shopping center just off Durant Road in North Raleigh.
The menu offers a broad selection of Jewish deli fare, from lox and bagels to overstuffed sandwiches made with meats and cheeses from Carnegie Deli (which also supplies the cheesecake). Soups and deli salads are made from scratch, as are muffins, crumb cakes and other pastries. If you've been searching for hard-to-find specialties such as tongue, smoked sable and half sour pickles, your search is over.
In keeping with the times, there's also a selection of panini, as well as breakfast options ranging from corned beef omelet to pancakes with a side of bacon, ham or sausage. "We're not kosher," says Mila Shumiatsky, "but we're good."
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From NY With Love Deli is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The owners have also recently opened an abridged version of the deli in the food court at Cary Towne Center.
Elsewhere in Cary, Bill Torri got tired of commiserating with fellow displaced New Yorkers about the lack of good New York-style pizza. Torri, who moved here 13 years ago from Syracuse, decided to do something about it. He called childhood friend Alex Rizza and lured him down from upstate New York, where Rizza had operated several pizzerias. The partners opened Original Brick Pizza (590 E. Chatham St.; 468-7001; www.obpizza.com) in June in Chatham Professional Park.
Pizzas, baked on a brick slab for a classic New York-style crust, are available with your choice of 18 toppings. Variations on the theme include stromboli, calzone, sausage rolls and house specialty pies ranging from Hawaiian to Pepperoni Galore. Other options include subs, salads and chicken wings, available charbroiled (the house specialty) or Buffalo style. There's even a chicken wing pizza, something I've never tried. Wonder if those wings are bone-in or boneless?
Original Brick Pizza is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It's primarily a takeout and delivery place, though it has three tables inside and a handful of seats on the patio.