Letter to the Editor: Very Pleased about the Watchung Deli’s New Management

Montclair resident John Levai shares a shout out to Watchung Deli:

I am typing this letter expressing how pleased I am about the Watchung Deli, especially since Pete Von Jr bought the place. Whether if it is purchasing food, relishing on the nostalgic scenes of Montclair, or just talking to the staff, I have had no shortage of great times being a customer.

The food at the Watchung Deli is amazing! I am happy to go to a shop like this because every type of deli item is offered on the menu. The quality of the food is fresh, especially the pastrami sandwiches. If you live in Montclair or any of the surrounding towns, you don’t have to go too far to find a delicious pastrami sandwich that costs a lot of money when you have this classic staple on your block. I also enjoy the wide selection of drinks.

I enjoy the fact that the interior of the Watchung Deli hasn’t changed much. I enjoy looking at the old pictures of Montclair. The booth and stools where customers sit also help contribute to the classic deli feel. I enjoy looking at the advertisements on the walls.

No trip to the Watchung Deli is ever complete without talking to the staff. I went to high school with some of them, especially Pete Von Jr, one of the current owners. It is always pleasant having conversations with everyone, especially about life. I enjoy sharing my sense of humor with the workers and vice versa.

In a nutshell, I enjoy the Watchung Deli. Just like everyone else, I love Pete and the rest of his team! I remember when he bought the deli, Pete mentioned that he wasn’t going to change the menu and he followed through. Let’s give a big shout out to the employees of the Watchung Deli! Thank you so much for your wonderful patronage and let’s keep this Montclair pride moving.



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