Authentic food

Everything we serve is prepared in our very own kitchen, on the premises. We make our soups and sauces from scratch. Our sandwiches are piled perfectly with the highest quality meats and ingredients available. We roast our own turkey and roast beef and make our own hummus and tapenade daily. Even the avocados are sliced fresh for each sandwich. What’s the secret to our great tasting artichokes and mushrooms? We marinade them ourselves. Our all natural breads are baked fresh daily just for us by Golden Sheaf Bakery. All of the salads in our deli case are also made fresh, from scratch, daily. And, we have the most authentic Italian tiramisu available...our own secret family recipe.

Authentic experience

It isn't unusual to see customers in our deli whose parents and grandparents shopped at Zoccoli's Deli for decades. The feeling of nostalgia for old family Italian cooking is guaranteed when you take a bite of our Meatball Italiano sandwich or our hand made lasagna or sip our Vegetarian Minestrone soup, Nonni’s own recipe.

Authentic people

The Zoccoli family is in the deli every day, making your sandwiches, preparing your lasagna, creating your deli tray, and welcoming you as you arrive. The Zoccoli's Deli staff has been serving Santa Cruz locals and visitors for 4 generations now. You know that old world charm you'd expect in an Italian family deli - friendly, personal, caring, and proud of its outstanding reputation? You'll find it here, carrying on the tradition of service and value to our community. 

Tasty Tips for Enjoying Zoccoli’s Deli


What should I order if I want to feel like I’m sitting in my Italian Grandma’s kitchen?

The Meatball Italiano or our raviolis are guaranteed to make you feel like you’ve been transported back in time to a little old Italian village where you can practically smell the marinara simmering on the stove.

Can I bring a date in for a romantic lunch?

Nothing says “Romance” like sharing a perfect bottle of red wine, a fresh garden salad and sandwich (hold the onions), followed by fine imported chocolates for dessert on our lovely patio. If the date goes really well, you can take home some ravioli and another bottle of wine to enjoy together for dinner.

What’s the best way to soak up the magic of downtown Santa Cruz?

Our patio offers some of the best people watching available in town. Order from our assortment of handcrafted micro-brews, paired with a couple of scoops of our freshly made salads, and enjoy the show.

It’s Meatless Monday, I’m also vegan, and gluten free, and hold the dairy. What should I order?

Not only do we have vegetarian choices for sandwiches – just think of all those fresh veggies and marinated treats and roasted eggplant that we make fresh – but our soups and raviolis are also great for the non-meat-eating crowd. Come on in and tell us what you like and don’t like and we’ll offer up an abundance of vegan and gluten free options as well. It’s not hard to do when we make so much to-order!

Besides our award winning sandwiches, what’s the one thing I shouldn’t miss when I come to Zoccoli’s Deli?

People have told us that we have the best pasta sauces they’ve ever tasted. Our Tiramisu is beyond amazing as well as our selection of other homemade desserts (think blondies!). But our Deviled Eggs are fantastically special. They are simple and delicious and we have customers who come in just for our eggs on a regular basis. Also, don’t forget to grab a salami or two delivered directly from Molinari Salami in San Francisco.

I’m planning an afternoon at the beach, what should I get to-go?

Nothing beats a picnic on the beach. Warm sand, cool breeze, sounds of the Pacific Ocean at your feet. Swing in and pick up an assortment of our packaged salads, antipasti, some cookies, and old-fashioned soft drinks. Spread out the picnic blanket and enjoy a perfect afternoon. Oh, and don’t forget the Deviled Eggs!