Ever hear of anybody getting bit by the deli bug? Oh sure, there are bugs and bugs — but the deli bug? Just ask Anne Rudolph.
Rudolph found herself spending a little off time this past summer in a place called Harbor Springs, in northern Michigan — not the Upper Peninsula as the location might imply, but somewhere she pointed to in the middle of a clenched fist — when she came across a place called Cornichon’s — an establishment so well esconced that she actually produced a bottle full of pickles with the Cornichon’s name on it.
“We have a little cottage in northern Michigan and I became acquainted with an extremely nice woman named Diana who ran that deli and she put together the greatest gourmet sandwiches, ciabattas, and baguettes that I had ever seen,” Rudolph revealed. “After seeing all the great sandwiches she was creating, I basically asked her if I could work with her. And she said, “Sure,” so I did for about four months and, in the meantime, got a lot of ideas and helpful hints as to how to go about operating a successful deli and here I am.”
Zsa Zsa’s opened its doors on Dec. 21 at 960 N. Collier Blvd. — even though at the time of this interview the premises resembled more like the raging rainstorm outside. Rudolph reassured the wary that everything will be under control and ready to go for the holiday season.
“We will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, along with take out being available,” Rudolph added.
“We hope to be very, very busy this weekend due to the holidays and everything following those hectic times,” Rudolph noted. “and, following that northern Michigan experience, I found I really liked it and thought it might be fun to try it here on Marco Island.”
Zsa Zsa’s specialty is the love of gourmet and upscale cheese along with healthier products such as sandwiches, wraps and salads.
Varieties of sandwiches include the Big “B” with med/rare beef tenders, caramelized onions, spring greens, horseradish Dijon mayo on a ciabetta roll, Rachaels’ Request with turkey breast, Swiss cheese, coleslaw and Russian dressing on rye, and Carolina Plus with slow roasted homemade pulled pork topped with caramelized onions and horseradish cheddar on a French round.
Wraps include a Greek Turkey featuring turkey breast, cucumbers, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, tomato, red onion, and spring greens with Greek vinaigrette while salads include Spinach Strawberry featuring fresh strawberries, candied pecans, red onion, crumbled bleu cheese and fresh spinach with raspberry vinaigrette.
“If someone is looking for a special party or evening, we want to be the place where people go to take care of those needs,” Rudolph pointed out.
And as for the name Zsa Zsa’s? No, it has nothing to do with the famous Gabor sisters — far from it.
“I’m Zsa Zsa,” Rudolph admitted. “That’s what my youngest grandson calls me. It started as a family joke and that’s what it wound up to be.”
IF YOU GO:
Zsa Zsa’s Gourmet Deli and Market
960 N. Collier Blvd.
Phone: 394-DELI (3354)
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday