Located directly beneath the LaSalle L stop
, Alonti seems to carry the subway theme indoors. In an expansive room with walls made of (you guessed it) white subway tiles, matching white and gray floor tiles, and stainless steel track lighting, the area feels a bit sterile, save for the colorful mural overhanging the salad bar station.
There is also a small eat-in section, which when considering the size of the deli, seems like a poor use of space that would make most HGTV designers cringe. It's fairly clear that Alonti, at least this location, is tailored to the diner who wants a quick bite on his/her lunch break, or is planning a carry-out meal. And for that, it is entirely sufficient.
Alonti offers a fairly extensive menu, with several side and entree salad options; hot plates including blackened chicken, chicken tenders, and meatloaf; several pastas, soups, and of course, sandwiches. There is also a beef lasagna, which is quite tasty. For a deli/restaurant, the breakfast choices are particularly impressive. The place also has a full catering service which is especially beneficial for local businesses in need of lunch for meetings or parties.
Alonti shares space with Liberty Coffee and Tea, (located inside), making it a good place to grab a cup of joe with your meal.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Alicia Thomas