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Morucci’s Si Mangia Bene—Walnut Creek

This Walnut Creek deli serves up soups and sandwiches, cheap


Check out the line at Morucci’s deli (liable to be snaking out the front door anytime between noon and 2 p.m. on weekdays), and you’ll see a cross-section of Walnut Creek: everyone from chatting retirees to hungry contractors to gossiping high school kids.

What brings them together? Morucci’s simple but effective lunchtime formula of quality sandwiches, quick and friendly service, and affordable prices.

Yes, there are other items on the menu, but really, it’s all about the sandwiches ($5.99–6.99). Make sure to check out the specialty options, labeled by number from 00 to 17, which range from the veggie delight to the definitely not-vegetarian BBQ beef. Don’t be afraid to explore the fractions: Both the 6 1/2—prosciutto, tomato, and mozzarella—and the 6 3/4—roasted turkey, tomato, and mozzarella—are great ($6.99), combining fresh ingredients with a zesty pesto sauce on toasted ciabatta. The No. 2 Caesar sandwich is another winner, offering a savory mix of sliced chicken, creamy Caesar dressing, lettuce, and a heaping helping of grated Asiago cheese. 

The daily soups ($4.25–$4.50) are worth a try as well—in particular the hearty, cheesy, and satisfying Mexican tortilla.

  Good Deal: By itself, a half-sandwich costs just $1 less than a full-size equivalent, but a lunch special that’s listed only on the take-out menu will get you a half-sandwich plus a small soup or salad for just $7.75.

Afternoon Boost: Morucci’s Italian espresso will fix you up. 

1218 Boulevard Way, Walnut Creek, (925) 939-2426. Breakfast and lunch daily.

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