Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen stacks up its sandwiches in Rancho Cucamonga

August 20, 2014

By David Cohen


Rating: 3.5 (out of 4) stars.

Address: 9090 Milliken Ave., Suite 160, Rancho Cucamonga.

Information: 909-758-9000,

Hours: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday.

Prices: $4.99-10.99. Vegetarian options and salads also available.

Extras: Catering and delivery available. $100 minimum order; $10 delivery charges for every 5 miles away.


Gandolfo’s, which first opened in Provo, Utah after the original owners moved west from New York, is a

fusion of Italian and Jewish sandwiches, many of which will bring back memories to New York transplants.

I was particularly enamored with some of the names of its creations including The Polo Grounds, East

Village, Holland Tunnel, Coney Island, Knickerbocker and Throg’s Neck Bridge.

While you won’t find knishes, chopped liver, kishka, pastas or crunchy Italian rolls, there is pretty much

something for everyone on their extensive menu, which is broken down into sections such as Breakfast

Bagels & Sandwiches; Chicken breast, ham and roast beef sandwiches and New York Favorites along

with Nathan’s Famous hot dog selections. Deli salads are made fresh daily including vinegary sliced

mushrooms sprinkled with hot pepper flakes, red rose creamy potato salad and a crisp coleslaw tinged

with mayo.

Rest assured that owner, Sean Whaley, doesn’t scrimp on the amount of meat used — no front end loading

here. He and his wife, Danielle, own the Rancho Cucamonga spot as well as one in Mission Viejo. The

Inland Empire deli does the most business in the 13-state mini-empire.

To start, it’s apropos that we begin with the New York Favorites. These are all served on in-house baked

French rolls and have more of an Italian style. The Big Apple contains hot capocola, roast beef, pepper

jack, lettuce, feta, tomato, onions, pepperoncini, mayo, oil and vinegar. You can barely close the roll, given

the amount of ingredients, but it’s a great sandwich using first class meats.

From the same section, you’ll find the New York Giant, which chock full of flavor, but fairly fatty. It’s a

sandwich filled with pastrami served with dill pickle slices and yellow mustard. Most pastrami afficionados

would likely prefer spicy brown mustard, but hey, there’s no shortage of meat here. For $3.75 more, you

can make it a whole roll.

The next sandwich, the Carnegie Hall, is served on rye (marble rye may be in the works in the future) and

is gargantuan, a deluge of lean corned beef, turkey, Swiss cheese, cole slaw and Russian dressing

(basically mayo and ketchup). Literally, two could share a sandwich with a couple of deli sides and be

comfortably full.

Get your meal New York-style at Gandolfo's

February 11, 2010

Pasadena Star News

About three years ago, I stopped into Gandolfo's New York Delicatessen in Rancho Cucamonga and, although I was impressed, I kind of forgot about this restaurant over time.  Recently I passed by Gandolfo's and thought I would stop in again.  I am sure glad I did!

This small chain restaurant was founded in Utah by a New Yorker who couldn't find a New York-style deli in his new state, and decided to start one himself.

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Rating: 4 1/2; stars (out of 5)

​A great-tasting sandwich place
September 14, 2007

Daily Bulletin


Gandolfo's New York Delicatessen in Rancho Cucamonga is part of a national chain of 60 deli restaurants. The founder was from New York. When he moved to Utah, he discovered that he could not find a really good New York-Style deli, so he opened one in Utah and the rest as they say, is history.

The restaurant is set up like most sandwich shops, except this restaurant has lots of pictures of New York and has a huge menu featuring some unique and tasty sandwiches along with salads, wraps and some incredible side salads. The sandwiches are wrapped and brought to your table in heavy butcher-like paper. Deciding which sandwich to talk about was a real chore and took a while. After flipping coins and asking a lot of questions of the staff, I decided to start with two breakfast sandwiches first, the Huevos Locos sandwich ($3.79) and the Callie Breakfast Bagel ($2.99). The Huevos Locos Sandwich consisted of a Kaiser roll stuffed with sausage, two eggs, pepper jack cheese, green chilies and salsa. The sandwich was served hot, had a nice spicy kick to it and was delicious. It sure beat the heck out of other fast food breakfast sandwiches! The Callie featured a plain bagel with smoked ham, grilled onions and cream cheese. It was served hot, and was tasty and different from most other bagel sandwiches I have had. Most of the sandwiches are available on a freshly baked 6- or 12-inch roll and are not served with any sides. The next set of sandwiches I tried were the Rockefeller Rueben ($789), the Big Apple ($5.49) and the popular Urban Cowboy ($5.49). The Rockefeller Rueben was sensational with lots of hot corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and spicy mustard on grilled rye bread. The Big Apple Italian sandwich - with cappicola, roast beef, pepper jack cheese, feta cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions and pepperoncinis, mayo and olive oil and vinegar dressing - also was a hit. As good as those sandwiches were, the Urban Cowboy ($5.49) was the most flavorful and my favorite (along with the Reuben). This creative sandwich consisted of a chicken breast, turkey, bacon, pepper jack cheese, cream cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo and barbecue sauce. It was served hot and was absolutely delicious! Other sandwiches that deserve your attention include the Vegetarian Madison Square Garden ($6.09) with marinated mushrooms, cucumbers, green peppers, lettuce, tomatoes on wheat bread, and, for those big eaters, the Dagwood ($9.29), which was a huge sandwich with roast beef, turkey, ham, pastrami, two cheeses and all of the usual trimmings. There are many great freshly-made side dishes to enjoy with your sandwiches but the Mermaid Salad ($1.95), with imitation crab and pasta with a wonderful cajun/lobster flavored mayo spread should not be overlooked. Ask for a taste because you will love it!

In addition to Nathan's New York-style hot dogs and lots of salads, also offered is a nice selection of creamy gelato that was a perfect ending to some really good sandwiches. GANDFOLDO'S NEW YORK DELICATESSEN > Where: 9090 Milliken Ave., Rancho Cucamonga; (909) 758-9000 > Hours: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays; closed Sundays > Prices: $1.99-$9.29 > The check: MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover are accepted > Noteworthy: Kid Friendly; disabled accessible; no alcoholic beverages are served Allan Borgen can be heard 3-5 p.m. Saturdays on the "Let's Dine Out Food, Travel and Entertainment" radio show on KTIE-AM (590). Visit his Website,, or contact him at or (909) 910-3463.