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Carbone's Italian Sausage Deli - CLOSED

Map & Directions 1221 W. 38th Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
  • Deli
  • Takeout
  • No Parking


Westword's Description

Temporarily closed: Part market, part sandwich shop, Carbone's Italian Sausage Deli almost always has a line of people in front of the counter. In 1974, Rosa Lonardo and her husband, Nick, bought this place from Dominic Carbone, who taught the pair how to make sausages and meatballs the old-fashioned way before turning over the keys to his shop. Today, Nick and his team still work in a back room, visible through a door behind the counter, grinding down pork butts and other piggy parts, mixing them with paprika, fennel and garlic, then tightly packing the meat in natural casings and refrigerating the sausages. For meatballs, they add ground beef to the sausage mix, along with a secret blend of spices. You can order both the meatballs and the sausage -- as well as cold cuts shaved on a massive metal slicer -- as subs, loaded onto a baguette and topped with mozzarella or provolone and other accoutrements. The final product is packaged in white butcher paper to go; there's no seating at Carbone's, unless you count your car in the parking lot.

Member Reviews

  • on 11/18/09

    Great little secrete in The Highlands of Denver. Ask for Ruth (the sweetest old lady....who knows her meats and breads).

  • Scott657
    on 06/30/09

    Love it, MEATBALLS.

  • on 07/28/08

    great little market for sausage, capicola, salami, cheese and other stuff. The couple that runs it are great. Very entertaining couple more than willing to talk and tell stories about the 36 years they've had the shop and about her family, politics and taxes, etc. She also has the tendency to slice meat and hand it out to you while she tells her stories too. When its all said and... More >>

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  • Denver Westword on 04/20/11

    Voted Best Sandwiches in Westword's Best of Denver 2011!

  • Dan F. on 06/23/11

    The Italian combo #2 sandwich is great must try

  • Eater on 01/28/13

    This old Italian deli has hoards of loyal fans returning religiously to get their sandwich fix. Odd schedule quirk: Wednesdays, Carbone's is closed. [Eater 38 Member]

  • Josh R. on 02/28/13

    This place has been closed for a few months I was the mayor here before it closed but some A hole named Eric W stole it from me only a few days ago. Well tell you what Eric W you can gostraighttohell!

  • David B. on 12/07/11

    Closed on Wed and Sun

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