Stroll around the square with a sammie

Casetta serves up delicious sandwiches
sandwich at casetta with a glass of wine
Casetta is among the closed restaurants. (Photo by Nicole Peaslee)

THE BACKSTORY: Opening Casetta Kitchen & Counter–a deli counter, bar and retailer–was a pipe dream between friends James Juedes and Tommy Gering. They grew up together in Wausau and both attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But then they went their separate ways–Juedes would eventually become a sommelier and travel to many places including Spain and New Zealand, and Gering moved to New York where he would earn his culinary degree and work in fine dining.

THE VIBE: Drop by this laid-back spot to pick up a sammie with meat sliced ultra-thin before taking a stroll around the Square. “It’s kind of a juxtaposition of this really casual setting that we have … but a real commitment to service,” Juedes says.Stroll around the square with a sammie

THE MENU: You can order a half or whole of six signature sandwiches, or you can build your own. There’s also a daily lunch special, like meatballs or chicken Parmesan, and a few salads, sides and soups. Pick up a bottle of wine or a case of beer from a selection curated by Juedes, who worked most recently as a sommelier at L’Etoile, and there’s a full drink menu. Casetta also offers oven-ready take-home dinners and a brunch menu.

THE MUST-TRY: It’s got to be the Italian stacked with thin capicola, salami, ham and pepperoni–a classic “everything” sammie. For a little spice, try the Hoboken roast beef.

THE BOTTOM LINE: A New York-experienced chef and a wine expert have put their talents together to create a really interesting deli, which is one of few here in Madison, and the result is an excellent lunch spot on a main artery of Capitol Square. Even food show personality Alton Brown–who stopped by Casetta and sang its praises on social media while in town–thinks so.

222 W. Washington Ave., 467-8108

Andrea Behling is managing editor of Madison Magazine.

Stroll around the square with a sammie