Upstate NY restaurant named one of the 100 best places to eat in U.S.

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An Upstate New York restaurant has been named one of the best places to eat in the nation.

The Rossi & Sons Rosticceria Deli in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., is one of the 100 best restaurants in the U.S. for 2023, according to a new list published by Yelp. The review website said it based its rankings on the most popular and most highly rated eateries; Rossi Rosticceria was the only one in New York state to make the cut, ranking 79th overall.

“For more than 40 years, the Rossi family has provided the quintessential Italian deli experience in the Hudson Valley, with gigantic portions of exemplary meats on fresh-baked breads,” Yelp wrote. “People love the massive sandwiches on rounds of house-made focaccia, particularly the Italian-style muffuletta with thinly sliced cold cuts and Sicilian olive salad.”

The Rossi Rosticceria is best known for its large Number Four panini, featuring a crispy chicken cutlet, prosciutto, herb pesto, fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, and extra-virgin olive oil. “The best sandwich of my entire life,” one Yelp reviewer said.

Rossi Rosticceria Deli

This file photo shows a sandwich at Rossi Rosticceria Deli in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

But the Italian favorite is also beloved for more than just sandwiches, including menu offerings like Chicken Parmigiana, meatballs, chicken marsala, lasagne bolognese, soup and an “out of this world” Robert Cobb Salad.

Rosticceria has previously been named the best lunch spot in Upstate New York and still maintains close to a perfect five-star score after expanding to a new location across town.

“Best deli sandwiches I’ve ever had,” another review said. “Like so good I drove an hour out of the way to get it all while my wife strongly objected. Once we got the sandwiches she quickly changed her tune lol.”

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