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Tripodi's Delicatessen

Tripodi's Delicatessen and Restaurant opened at University Mall on December 8, 1982. It offered Italian, Jewish and German food. Tripodi's was styled after the old corner New York City delicatessen. Among the items they made fresh daily were bagels, danishes, coffee cakes, turnovers, cream puffs, Italian flat breads, rolls, sausage, sauces, pasta and meatballs, cheesecakes, chocolate cakes, lemon cakes, carrot cakes, coconut cakes, Boston cream pies, sour cream choc squares, lemon squares, éclairs, cream horns, and a wide variety of cookies.


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Gabriella Quattone      1:55 PM Sat 12/24/2011

Paul Tripodi is my great uncle and I am very proud to say that I will also be a chef one day and that my uncle was very successful and I will try to do the same

Frances Thomas      9:10 PM Fri 8/5/2011

I worked at Tripodi's in 1985 part-time. Patty & Paul Tripodi were great people to work & excellent at teaching their workers an excellent work ethic. They believed strongly in treating every customer right & those who worked for them were expected to do the same... keep cups & glasses refilled and always be courteous. I wish that more restaurant owners today would train their employees that way.

Steve Nicewarner      7:44 PM Sat 4/17/2010

I'm pretty certain the Chapel Hill location was in Franklin Center -- 128 E Franklin St. We [Cerebral Hobbies] were a later tenant in the space and I will probably never forget that front facade or that tile, which was still there in 1994 when we moved in.

Eric Englebardt      4:44 PM Sat 1/30/2010

I worked making sandwiches there for a year while I was in school. I miss it every time I drive past there. Great food, nice people.

Tracy Smith      9:42 AM Thu 12/31/2009

Wow, it would be incredible to have a real Deli on the main part Franklin Street today. I think the city should help subsidize the incredibly high downtown rents if businesses like this would locate downtown.

D Rogers      8:42 PM Wed 12/30/2009

Without a doubt the best cheesecake ever in Chapel Hill was from Tripodi's. I long for it a couple of times a year.

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