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An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

June 22, 2011 at 7:49 PM

A taste of Spain and Italy at Pert’s Deli in Leschi

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Sketched June, 14 at lunchtime
After sketching at Madrona Beach last week, I stopped for lunch at Pert’s Deli in Leschi. I had never been there and it was a nice surprise. Not only because my Italian sub was delicious — perfect crunchy bread — but also because I got to meet owners Massimo and Mai. Mai actually recognized me as “the cartoon guy from the newspaper” as soon as I pulled out my sketchbook and started drawing from my table. She was really excited and went to get a copy of the paper with my column to show me and Massimo. It’s strange to be recognized, but, on the other hand, it makes my job so much easier as I don’t have to explain what I do.
I just went into sketching-mode, drawing and asking questions while Massimo offered me a sample of Neapolitan-style carrots, which are marinated in vinager, olive oil and garlic, and sweet and tangy broccoli. They were very tasty. It was just like having tapas pretty much.
Massimo, a native of Naples and former seaman, said he and Mai have run the deli since 1996. Massimo said his last name is Melchiori, but people often call him Mr. Pert. He doesn’t mind though. He joked they should have changed the name of the deli to the “Ex-perts.”
Based on my experience, that would have been appropriate. He nailed the type of Spanish-style café con leche I ordered, which in Spain we call “cortado.” It has a shot of espresso and a bit of milk, not foam, like the Italian “macchiato.” “When you taste this, you are back in Spain,” he said as he poured the coffee.
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