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Roma Sausage & Deli

2029 Bleecker Street, Utica, NY - (315) 792-1445
Posted By Bill Homan on 2/28/2014 7:07:00 AM
Roma Sausage & Deli is an Italian provisions store on the edge of a dicey section of Utica, NY. Inside, one can find just about anything for a hearty meal. Homemade sausages, meatballs, sauce, imported cheeses and cold cuts as well as made to order submarine sandwiches, locally made cheese curds and their justly famous tomato pie.

I've been eating tomato pie for as long as I can remember. It's a local specialty most often found at bakeries, pizza shops and in stores like Roma Sausage. It does look similar to a Sicilian slice, but I think it has more in common with Rhode Island bakery pizza strips. It doesn't come with toppings or mozzarella cheese and is almost always served room temp or just a bit warmer. The crust and sauce tend to differ slightly at each place and of the countless versions I've had over the years, Roma's is the best. A crust that is chewy, crispy and full of flavor, like a really good focaccia, chunky, sweet tomato sauce and a liberal dusting of romano cheese, their tomato pie is one of the few foods that I never, ever tire of eating. One would be well served to call ahead as they close in the early afternoon and have been known to run out of pies an hour or two before closing.

As it is a grocery/provisions store, Roma's doesn't have any seating, so if you want to tear into your sub sandwich or put away a few slices, do what I do, dine al fresco on the hood of your (or in my case, your mom's car!) Despite all of the times I have been there, I have yet to put a box of tomato pie in the car fully intact. It's just too good to resist and the funny thing is, that I have gotten countless looks and knowing nods from other people walking out with their pies getting ready to do the exact same thing. The pies come in half sheets (24 slices) and single slices. To be honest, I have yet to try anything else, as I can't break away from those pies, but I would go out of my way and alter my schedule to come here any chance I can get.

The Boilermaker 15K Road Race has been on the second Sunday in July since 1977 and the Utica community comes out in full force to watch it and cheer on their friends and family, as well as thousands of strangers running by. Roma's is just off of the race route and countless people wait in line to stock up on tomato pies, subs and much more for their race day viewing parties. If you happen to be in the area that weekend, stop in, get yourself a classic taste of Utica, NY with some tomato pies, grab a few lawn chairs and take in one of the premier 15K races in the USA!

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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As evidenced by the outer crust, this is only half a pie and what a beauty it is.
"As evidenced by the outer crust, this is only half a pie and what a beauty it is."
Bill Homan





Roma's sometimes has slices for sale and it's the perfect size if you've never tried tomato pie before.  I've never been able to limit myself to less than three slices.
"Roma's sometimes has slices for sale and it's the perfect size if you've never tried tomato pie before. I've never been able to limit myself to less than three slices."
Bill Homan


Locally made cheese curds have been part of my 'diet' since I was a little kid.
"Locally made cheese curds have been part of my 'diet' since I was a little kid."
Bill Homan


Lot of olives as well as cheeses, pastas, cold cuts, subs and so much more.
"Lot of olives as well as cheeses, pastas, cold cuts, subs and so much more."
Bill Homan


Roma's is a grab-n-go kind of of place, no seating available so I've taken to dining a la 'car hood'.  Despite countless visits  not a single pie has made it into the car fully intact.
"Roma's is a grab-n-go kind of of place, no seating available so I've taken to dining a la 'car hood'. Despite countless visits not a single pie has made it into the car fully intact."
Bill Homan


The day before the Boilermaker 15K Road Race produces some bigs lines for tomato pies, cold cuts and much, much more for race day viewing parties.
"The day before the Boilermaker 15K Road Race produces some bigs lines for tomato pies, cold cuts and much, much more for race day viewing parties."
Bill Homan


And they make their own pasta sauce.
"And they make their own pasta sauce."
Bill Homan


After eating lots of delicious, rich food a tablet or two might be a good idea.
"After eating lots of delicious, rich food a tablet or two might be a good idea."
Bill Homan


I'm so glad my friends brought home a couple of tomato pies some years ago.  It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship...between myself and the pies.
"I'm so glad my friends brought home a couple of tomato pies some years ago. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship...between myself and the pies."
Bill Homan



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