Cruising out of the starting gate today is Moto Deli, North County's newest spot for gourmet sandwiches and artisan foods. The European-style delicatessen spans 1,200- square-feet along North Coast Highway 101, in a 1920s-era building that's been charmingly remodeled and features a sunken outdoor patio strewn with market lights, and banquette and communal seating.
The concept is a partnership between Alex Carballo, a well-establishd chef who had a long tenure running the kitchen at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens-Escondido, local entrepreneur Mario Warman, and Moto Deli executive chef Andrew Halvorsen, whose culinary resume including Stone Brewing and A.R. Valentien.
Open daily, Moto Deli features an all-day menu featuring sandwiches built with ingredients made in-house, ranging from smoked meat to poached seafood, bread, pickles and condiments. There are 10 traditional-with-a-twist sandwiches including Hamachi Salad with poached yellowtail, the Turketta with smoked turkey breast, avocado, arugula and bacon, the Porketta with roasted pork, crispy capers and lemon-caper aioli, and six options for sophisticated open-faced tartines, topped with everything from beet-curd salmon to rabbit confit and Serrano ham and brie. A few salads and snacks round out the main offerings. Cold brew coffee and kombucha are pouring on tap, but beverages will eventually extend to include beer and wine.
There will also be a deli case and small market area, featuring grab-and-go mini sandwiches at lunch plus smoked meats, charcuterie, housemade condiments, and artisanal cheeses for retail. Moto Deli will deliver meals via its signature scooter, and branch out into catering and special events.