Montesano Market & Deli to Open

By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   September 6, 2022
Montesano Market is set to open this holiday weekend, joining the already-open deli on Coast Village Road (photo by Suzanne Lanza)

In April, Montecito restaurateur Gene Montesano – with the help of general manager Leslee Russell – took over a Coast Village Road staple: Montecito Deli. The new-and-improved “Montesano Deli” has brought fresh changes to the space and the menu, and this weekend, the market next door is set to open. 

The duo of businesses, Montesano Market & Deli, offers breakfast and lunch including egg dishes, traditional piadinas, classic and Italian sandwiches featuring D’Angelo breads, salads, prepared deli salads, and more, with the market offering an array of imported Italian products. “We’ll have elevated grocery products for everyday use, as well as be a one-stop shop for beach picnics, charcuterie, and more,” Russell told us earlier this week at the nearly-completed shop, which is located in the former Letter Perfect space. 

From specialty canned and jarred tomatoes and tomato sauces, pestos, olive oils and vinegars, pastas and risottos, olives, beans, relishes, and herbs, to chocolates, sweets, and cookies, the pantry items are plentiful. There is also a refrigerated section that includes Italian butter, an array of cheese and cured meats, and more. The family-friendly shop also has a special kids’ shelf, featuring popular Italian kids’ products, as well as gluten-free pastas. The store is stocked with Montesano’s favorite items, and he is heavily involved in choosing the offerings, Russell said. 

The market will also offer charcuterie boards and utensils, as well as picnic baskets, canvas totes, and napkins – everything you need to build a great gift basket or pack a picnic basket for the beach. Russell says seating – both indoor and outdoor – will be available for eating lunch from the deli or enjoying market purchases. 

“We hope people love it, and that they find it a convenient place to pick up grocery items and gifts after grabbing a bite next door,” Russell said about the market, which also has a Jewish component. 

Montecito Deli was sold in March after an over 20-year stint in the same Villa Fontana location. Former owner Jeff Rypysc opened the deli on September 11, 2001, and built a loyal following as well as a longtime, dedicated staff, several of whom have stayed on at Montesano’s. 

Montesano’s Market & Deli is open Monday through Saturday 9 am to 3 pm, with plans for expanded hours in the near future. The Market & Deli is located at 1150 Coast Village Road. Visit for more information. Catering is also available.  


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