East Coast-styled Italian Deli Uncle Paulie’s is ready for a hat trick, having locked down a third location around Los Angeles. This time the streetwear-famous shop, known for its robust celebrity clientele and its sandwiches, will open in Studio City, just south of Ventura Boulevard.
The new Uncle Paulie’s Deli takes over for the closed Pagliacci’s New York Pizzeria at 3990 Vantage Avenue, just west of Laurel Canyon Boulevard in perhaps the busiest stretch in the whole neighborhood. The small side street space with the faded red awning measures only some 900 square feet, owner Paul James tells Eater, but will require a relatively robust build-out to bring things up to speed. Ideally that would mean an opening sometime this summer for James and co-founder/partner/designer Jon Buscemi. Despite an uncertain opening date, the shop will offer the same takeaway options and merch as the stores on Beverly Boulevard and in Downtown LA, but with lots of outdoor seating given they’re on the quiet side of the boulevard.
As for the menu, Uncle Paulie’s trades in classic East Coast-style deli sandwiches with an Italian bent, from the layered cold cuts of the simple Italian to an artichoke caprese option and a meatball parm sub. The restaurant also offers lesser-seen kaiser roll breakfast sandwiches with scrambled eggs, a bodega staple in New York City and New Jersey. James says this Studio City space will most likely offer a heartier menu of salads and quick takeaway options, given the amount of office buildings and single-family homes in the immediate vicinity.
Again, there’s no formal timing for the opening just yet, but expect a Studio City arrival for Uncle Paulie’s sometime this summer.