Gouda's Italian Deli is located in the former Centanni space at 218 N. Water St.
Gouda's Italian Deli is located in the former Centanni space at 218 N. Water St.
There's a deli stocked with cheeses and charcuterie that offers a range of cold sandwiches and panini.
There's a deli stocked with cheeses and charcuterie that offers a range of cold sandwiches and panini.
Gouda's also stocks a range of Italian specialties, from coffee to cookies, pasta to wine.
Gouda's also stocks a range of Italian specialties, from coffee to cookies, pasta to wine.
Gouda's opened yesterday, but today is its first full day.
Gouda's opened yesterday, but today is its first full day.

Gouda's Italian Deli is up and running

Gouda's Italian Deli, owned by SURG's Mike Polaski flung its doors open yesterday, but is running its first full day of service today at 218 N. Water St. – the former Centanni space – in the Third Ward.

Attractively decked out with dark wood shelving, patterned tin ceiling and baskets and other decor suggesting a classic "old neighborhood" grocery shop, Gouda's serves a range of cold sandwiches and panini, alongside a selection of Italian specialties.

On the shelves are select varieties of pastas, condiments, tuna, bread sticks, wine, soda, bottled water, coffee, San Marzano tomato sauce and other items.

The deli case houses a range of cheeses and charcuterie including prosciutto imported from Italy and Canada, but otherwise heavily sourced from New London's Hidden Creek Farm.

You can select from five cold sandwiches, like the Gouda Special ($6.95) – roast beef, gouda and pepperoncini – a trio of panini, like the campagniola, which I had for lunch today. It's prosciutto, provolone and arugula toasted on Italian bread from Sciortino ($7.95).

Customers can also make their own sandwiches ($6.95) choosing one meat, one cheese and anything for a list of basic toppings (lettuce, tomato, mayo, etc.). Extras like eggplant, roasted peppers and fresh mozzarella can be added for $1 a piece.

A promised speakeasy, called Bugsy's has not yet opened.

And for the record, I'm still trying to find out why an Italian deli is named for a Dutch cheese. The friendly fellow who made my sandwich didn't know. We agreed it might just end up being one of life's little mysteries.

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