Taylor Gourmet To Open On H Street NE

Deli fans who bemoan the lack of great sandwich spots in the District should set their sights on Taylor Gourmet, an Italian gourmet deli and market slated to open at 1116 H St. NE this month.

Owners Casey Patten and David Mazza grew up around Philadelphia, and when they moved to DC in 2003, the plan for Taylor was born after they realized there weren't any great gourmet Italian markets in the area, Patten says. (Taylor is his middle name.)

The retail part of Taylor will offer meats, wine, beer, cheeses, olive oils, vinegars, pastas, fresh sauces and more. All the breads will be shipped from Philadelphia's historic Sarcone's Bakery. "If you have a deli in Philadelphia and want any kind of credibility, you use Sarcone's," Patten says.

A 27-seat, counter-service restaurant will dish up sandwiches and hoagies named after streets in Philadelphia and salads named after the city's parks. Take the Race Street, for example, made with Taylor's house-roasted turkey, prosciutto, mozzarella and pesto. Sides include Rocky's risotto balls and Navy Yard fries with garlic and parsley.

The shop will offer delivery for both retail items and deli orders.

DC-based design firm Grupo7 (Mio, Mate, kstreet lounge) has given the 1,200-square-foot space an urban industrial feel with garage-sized stainless steel and glass doors, reclaimed wood, tin and exposed brick elements.

Look for Taylor to open in about two weeks.