Italian chicken Capri wrap with pesto mozzarella and sun-dried
tomatoes is just one of the unique offerings at the Picc-a-Deli
Café. (West Life photo by Larry Bennet)
Picc-a-Deli Café moves into the spotlight
By Cynthia Schuster-Eakin
Published March 26, 2008
of Westlake’s best-kept secrets is now out in the open. Picc-a-Deli
Café and Catering Company, situated in the back of the King James
office complex for the past five years, has moved to a new front-and-center
location in the King James Plaza at 25022 Center Ridge Road.
Koodrich of Picc-a-Deli shows off her restaurant’s beer battered
baked cod with seasoned baked fries and homemade cole slaw.
(West Life photo by Larry Bennet)
Owners Trish and Rich Koodrich, self-proclaimed “serious
foodies,” say the inspiration for their new restaurant came from
their extensive world travels. Rich also works for a major airline.
“We want people to feel like they have crossed the
Atlantic and stepped right into England when they come in here,”
Trish said. “It’s like a little piece of London.”
She noted that they worked extensively with an architect
to create a décor that is both unique and comforting.
The menu is based on foods that the Westlake couple
has enjoyed in other countries. The Argentinean beef wrap sandwich
starts with a combination of roast beef and potatoes, both hugely
popular in Argentina according to Koodrich, with sun-dried tomatoes,
sliced English cucumber, romaine lettuce, spinach, mozzarella cheese
and homemade chimi-churri sauce ($6.45). French turkey starts with
smoked turkey breast and melted French Brie cheese, topped with
lettuce, tomato and apricot honey mustard ($6.25). Another sandwich
specialty is the Gateway grilled cheese, made with your choice of
American, Cheddar or Swiss cheese on Italian twist, rye or multi-grain
bread, with spinach and onion jam ($4.50).
“It’s all about freshness here,” Trish Koodrich said.
“We offer healthy foods made from scratch, served in a place where
it is okay to pull up a chair and stay for awhile.”
Picc-a-Deli’s pick and toss salad is unique in the
fact that it offers the customer 30 seasonal items to choose from
when creating a salad. Guests have their choice of lettuce, cheeses
and dressings, as well as ingredients like alfalfa sprouts, asparagus,
calamata olives, cranberries, Mandarin oranges, sun-dried tomatoes,
pine nuts and pepper rings. A four-item small salad is $4.25, while
a five-item large salad is $5.50.
House-made soups are served daily. Chicken noodle
and chicken rice soup are always on the menu, along with chili in
season, and a soup du jour or international soup.
The restaurant also offers pastries and breakfast
items, and a children’s menu. Koodrich said a large portion of their
business is devoted to corporate lunches, customized catering and
“We will do as much or as little as you want to make
your event special,” Koodrich said. “Whether it is a business breakfast
for 10 or a wedding reception for 200, we work within your budget
to design a menu that is unique.” She said they can do a platter
of homemade cookies for a small gathering, or everything, including
centerpieces, linens and silver, serving, tents, valet parking,
bartending and clean up.
“We want to bring back the personally owned business,
like the ones we grew up with,” Trish Koodrich noted. “This is a
neighborhood place to dine. We know people by name.”
Picc-a-Deli offers a 10 percent discount to senior
citizens. All major credit cards are accepted. The restaurant has
wheelchair access. Hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday
through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Phone (440) 808-3354.
Picc-a-Deli also operates the café at Westlake’s Porter
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