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With a menu that channelled Nonna Flora herself, Flora’s Deli garnered rave reviews over the past year serving up simple Italian favourites, including deli sandwiches, meatballs and simple assaggini. Despite the pop-up’s popularity, the team announced last week that it was packing up shop, though perhaps not for good.
Inspired by the talented female cooks in his family, chef Jesse Mutch (previously of Campo, Chantecler and more) created Flora’s Deli with partners Thomas Conrad and Ailbhe McMahon as a pandemic pivot.
Unsurprisingly, Flora’s Deli served an assortment of panini made with cold cuts, cutlets, fried eggplant and more. What did amaze customers were the fresh flavour combinations, quality, house-made ingredients and thoughtfully layered recipes. Launched in August 2020, the project’s popularity grew thanks to sold-out summer pop-ups and availability on Uber Eats. In January, the pop-up found a semi-permanent home at Mahjong Bar on Dundas Street West.
“We are so grateful to Kyle and the team at Mahjong for extending their home to us these past few months,” reads a message posted to Flora’s Deli’s Instagram on August 16. “[B]ut it is time for them to reopen their doors to all their dearly missed regulars (i.e. us) and for Flora’s team to enjoy some r&r.”
Though the post announcing the closure was met with despair by the city’s sandwich-loving hoards, it went on to encourage fans to “keep your eyes peeled for our next moves. We’ll be seeing you all again very soon!”
Based on the popularity of the shop’s top sellers -- from the Norma Gina, made with crisp eggplant cutlets nestled into whipped ricotta, topped with arugula and hot honey, to the Cantina, with smoked turkey, mortadella, hot soppressata, provolone and a hulking handful of brisk giardiniera -- more pop-ups or a stand-alone shop may be necessary. Picnic season may be winding down but there’s always room for nonna’s cooking.