The best Italian food ever this week in Boone County!

I work in the basement of the Main Library in Burlington and a little while ago I went upstairs to get some lunch from Battaglia Deli. I ordered a bowl of homemade minestrone and was blown away! I swear to you, it was the best minestrone I have ever eaten! It changed the way I’m writing this blog post. I decided to talk to you in first person so I could express how much I personally liked the soup.

I’m a vegetarian and I have tried minestrone at practically every Italian restaurant I have ever visited. Quite often the soup is bland and usually the taste of tomato is overpowering. Veronica’s minestrone is the most flavorful I have ever eaten! You can taste the blend of vegetables and pesto. The broth is thick from the beans and filled with vegetables and pasta! If you are in the area this week, stop by and try a bowl!

I’m suggesting you stop by this week because it’s only available this week. Battaglia Deli is celebrating the food of Italy all week. Deli hours are 11 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday and 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, with the exception of Thursday this week. The library is holding staff training on the morning of Thursday, May 4, so the deli and all BCPL locations open at 1 p.m. that day.

Some of Veronica’s Italian specials this week are rather robust, so you might want to stop by, pick up a meal, and serve it for dinner. A small Italian combo meal is $6.99 and you get lasagna, garlic bread and soup or salad. Just check out this picture of her combo meal and tell me your stomach isn’t growling!

A large combo meal is $8.99 and it includes all of the above plus dessert and a drink. Did I hear someone say Tiramisu? She also has cannoli and Italian cookies on hand for the Italian fest – something for just about everyone!

If you aren’t a fan of lasagna, no worries. There are three pastas, with three sauces, from which to choose, and tomorrow  (Wednesday), she plans to feature a mushroom Alfredo sauce. Yep, vegetarian here, remember? I know where I’m eating lunch tomorrow!

And if you are looking for a little entertainment and cooking instruction, as well as a meal, you might want to visit Battaglia Deli on Friday! Chef Ugo Cretaro will be demonstrating how to make fresh pasta from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Here’s another picture I snapped a little while ago for all you carnivores – Veronica’s spaghetti and meatballs!

Now remember – Italian food is available this week only in Battaglia Deli inside the Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike in Burlington (next to the dome).

She is open today, Tuesday, May 2 until 4 p.m.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 3, open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, May 4, open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (we have staff training in the morning; all BCPL locations open at 1 p.m. that day)

Friday, May 5, open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

And Veronica just announced that Italian week will wrap up on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m (there is also a woodwind performance under the dome, next to the cafe at 2 p.m.)

As we say in Italy, divertirsi a!

(Okay, I’ve never been to Italy, but when I googled how to say “enjoy” in Italian, that’s what I got!)


PR Coordinator Becky Kempf has been telling people about the Library for almost 14 years. When she isn’t busy evangelizing about books, reading, and the Library’s concert series, she’s out photographing dogs, birds, rusty old cars and her grandchildren.


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