Translating to “The Black Sheep,” La Pecora Nera, a new Italian deli located at 1514 Washington Boulevard, lives up to its name by selling fresh sandwiches, gelato and espresso in a hole-in-the-wall café in downtown Detroit.
In fact, the restaurant is quite unique for a city-setting restaurant, with a tiny café that doubles as a pantry with produce and grocery items available for purchase, and two long communal tables for a dine-in option.
As the weather warms up, the deli will offer al fresco dining with charming patio furniture for an outdoor lunch option, ideal for a midday getaway from the office.
The menu, largely consisting of deli sandwiches ranging from $7.50 – $11.50, is prepared with fresh sliced meats and veggies on Italian-style bread.
The two most noteworthy sandwiches are the Italiano, which consists of salami, ham, turkey breast, motadella, spicy capicola, provolone, fresh veggies and a house Italian dressing, and the Caprese, made of mozzarella cheese, roma tomatoes, fresh basil and a sweet balsamic glaze.
Another “Black Sheep” favorite is the Orzo Spinach salad, $8.50, with Orzo, spinach, feta, kalamata olives, cucumbers, onion, and slivered almonds with a garlic lemon dressing.
Typical of a traditional deli, side options include a daily soup or coleslaw in addition to a whole pickle or kettle cooked potato chips.
Of course, if you’re in a hurry for lunch, the deli offers call-ahead pick up that can be ready upon your arrival.
However, if time is not a factor, stay a little while after lunch and treat yourself to a fresh pour over coffee or gelato, with flavors like vanilla, pistachio, chocolate and a seasonal option.
The restaurant had a quiet grand opening at the beginning of March but has since consisted of a full café every lunch hour, filled with city-dwellers and workers alike, looking for a classic deli-style sandwich.
Have you stopped in? What’s your favorite sandwich? Let us know in the comments!