A deli(ghtful lunch spot) on the Square

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Sitting on the edge of the Liberty Square on the corner of Missouri and Kansas St. Sorella’s Deli – open from 11-2:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday – provides its customers delicious no-frills lunch options. The brief time period the restaurant is open means Sorella’s can focus on what they do best: providing a scrumptious and filling lunch for a low price.

The restaurant offers sandwiches of all varieties – deli-style, hot sandwiches and paninis – as well as soups and salads. Customers can order a combo meal, which includes a half-portion of any sandwich and either soup or salad.

Besides their standard sandwich options, one can also order a heaping portion of spaghetti and meatballs, served with a house salad and bread. This dish is sure to leave you satisfied and left wondering how you possibly ate so much pasta in one sitting.

During my last visit to Sorella’s, I ordered the muffaletta – a hot sandwich with black forest ham, salami and mortadella meats with provolone cheese and the restaurant’s signature green olive spread on a hoagie roll – in a combo with their steak and mushroom soup.

The sandwich was delicious and provided a much needed source of warmth on a dreary spring day. The olive spread, although not something I would have thought to put on the muffaletta, ended up being a necessary component that made the sandwich much better. In all, the sandwich came together wonderfully – the cheese melting well with the meat and olive spread while the hoagie roll maintained its structure – creating a delicious and filling lunch.

The muffuletta sandwich and steak and mushroom soup

The steak and mushroom soup – which included carrots as well as the aforementioned ingredients – was fresh and hearty. My soup of choice was Sorella’s soup of the day. That option, as denoted by the name, changes daily and varies by season. The restaurant does have one permanent option in addition to their soup of the day: pasta e fagioli, which includes tomatoes, white beans, italian seasonings and pasta in a savory broth.

Meat-free diners will not go hungry at Sorella’s, where there is a small but tasty selection of meat-free dishes. The veggie sandwich – piled high with havarti cheese, roasted red peppers, cucumbers, balsamic vinaigrette dressing and Sorella’s signature black olive spread – has an incredible flavor profile and can be toasted to fulfill any cravings for a hot sandwich instead of the traditional deli-style. As well, the garden salad and pasta e fagioli soup make for great meat-free additions in a combo meal.

While the presentation of the food isn’t very impressive at Sorella’s – everything is served on disposable dishes and the sandwiches are wrapped in paper – that is not the goal of the restaurant. Instead, Sorella’s succeeds at providing their patrons an efficient lunch option while maintaining great taste and a wide variety of deli options.

In addition to their fast lunch options, Sorella’s frequently offers take and bake lasagna as well as cupcake, cookies and other assorted desserts made from scratch. The lasagna is a great option for when you want Sorella’s for dinner – which they don’t offer – and don’t want to cook for yourself either. The cupcakes, usually offered in at least three flavors, are so scrumptious it’s worth the trip to the deli just to buy one – or more, if you have a sweet tooth and a big appetite.

Just a 10 minute walk from William Jewell College, Sorella’s is a great lunch option when one wants a break from the commotion of the Hill. Affordable and delicious, the deli is a great option for students wanting a great deli that won’t break the bank, or waste gas.

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