Readers' Choice Deli Winners: Voltaco's and Berenato's

The local institutions top our weekly readers' poll.

topped our Readers' Choice poll this week as Ocean City's favorite deli. The local institution narrowly defeated in a 242-227 vote.

And why not? Everything Voltaco's prepares is wonderful and somewhat legendary in these parts ... though most of it is hot. 

The purest definition of a "deli" involves cold meats and prepared foods. While Voltaco's has deli sandwiches on its menu, Berenato's probably better fits the bill as a classic deli.

"Voltaco's hands down! Best Italian, best cheesesteak, best turkey!" Patch commenter Lauren Avellino Turton said. "The family's awesome too!" 

Berenato's received the greatest number of favorable comments.

"The best ever deli is far by none other than Berenato's Deli," Patch commenter Joanne Dunn said. "I live in MD and first place I go is the deli ... 5 STAR DELI!"

Patch commenter Tom Anderson pointed out an unlikely late surge in votes for Voltaco's near the close of polling.

Patch allows readers to vote only once in the Readers' Choice polls and programs them to prevent multiple votes, but no online poll is foolproof. Some dramatic spikes in the vote tally may have come from individuals trying to work around the system.

Jeff Taccarino called from Voltaco's on Friday morning to acknowledge the spike in votes, assure Patch that it didn't come from anybody at Voltaco's and graciously suggest that Berenato's should be winner. 

Likewise, Sharon Berenato offered these kind words on Friday: "Berenato's Corner Deli would like to congratulate Voltaco's and thank all our loyal customers for their support."

The spirit of the Patch Readers' Choice polls is to find better eating, shopping and fun for our readers, so take a look at the votes and the comments below. Seems as if there are plenty of winners and good recommendations.


Denise Bartlome May 15, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Berenato's always my favorite !
Judy May 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Berenatos Corner Deli is my vote!
Mr. B May 15, 2012 at 11:48 AM
when I hear the word "deli" first thoughts are somewhere where I can order a pound of cheese, pound of ham grab a sandwich and gallon of milk and a newspaper. I think 90% of the above listed establishments do not meet my defination of a deli. Beranato's is the type of place if you looked up the word deli in the dictionary, it would have a picture of their store. Berenato's gets my vote.
lillian May 15, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Berenatos corner deli
Pat Handy May 15, 2012 at 03:33 PM
How could you leave Berenatos Deli off the list that is The BEST place in the whole area. We come from Wildwood & Stone Harbor where ever we are staying for hoagies, meat ball sandwiches and steaks and the friendly people that serve us. You have the best in OC. Pat from Maple Shade
Joe Lee May 15, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Toms Deli !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Valerie Cirucci May 15, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I love Jon & Patty's sandwiches!! pls add them...
Mary L May 15, 2012 at 05:37 PM
BERENATOS CORNER DELI............ Without a doubt the BEST DELI on the Island... You can always count on delicious, fresh, top of the line food in a clean friendly establishment...
Joanne Dunn May 15, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I still dont see Berenato's Deli added to that list ..i think enough of us have proven they need to be added....don't underdtsnd why you're not sticking by your word you'll add if you missed any...
J. Murphy May 16, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Our family definitely votes for Bakleys on 4th and Ocean. There is no contest. Great potato Salad, delicious coleslaw, mouth watering sandwiches. Simply the best better than all the rest !!
kathleen May 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM
The best sandwich I had in town was the Uncle Nicky at Uncle Joonies...loaded with Italian deli meats....Boarshead on a seeded roll....really good.
OC 4 Life May 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Not a deli by the dictionary definition, but Voltaco's has the best sandwiches in town hands down! Best bread, best meats and cheeses....sandwiches stuffed bigger than your mouth can handle....homemade potato and macaroni salad, plus marinated red and long hot peppers, pickles, stuffed cherry peppers, marinated artichokes, plus lots more! If you've never tried....now is the time and you'll be a believer for life!
Lauren Avellino Turton May 16, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Voltaco's hands down! Best Italian, best cheesesteak, best turkey! The family's awesome too!
Ed Fugee III May 16, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Voltaco's without question! Great family, great food!
Joline May 16, 2012 at 03:50 PM
My vote the BEST in town.....BERENATO'S of course! Great food, great service, great family!!!!
Jbearjbearshiffler@comcast.net May 17, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Berenati's Deli!!!!
TONY C May 17, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Eleanor May 17, 2012 at 10:35 AM
I will second that. I thought 'just another cheesesteak place' but the quality of the food was really, really good and i loved the fresh cut fries. Only open a few weeks and i went there 3 times already.
Felicia May 17, 2012 at 11:38 AM
will travel across Island to get a Berenato's Deluxe Italian, Italian meats and Proscuitto , , roasted peppers , best anywhere!
O'Donnell May 17, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Deluxe is a favorite ,but Berenatos Corner Deli's, Corned Beef Special: Russian Dressing,Cole Slaw, Swiss Cheese on Marble Rye is by far the best sandwich... Yummmmm!
Joan Farrell May 17, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Berenato's deli....friendly people, fresh foods, efficient service, and DELICIOUS sandwiches. Their meatballs are the best in town, too! Try an Italian hoagie, or even a nice, loaded BLT for lunch on the beach.
Frank Thompson Sr May 18, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Tom Anderson May 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM
I'd like to bring attention to the outstanding amount of votes gained by voltaco's within the last 20 mins. Thanks to my curiosity of this poll, I have been paying very close attention and witnessed 100 last minute votes for voltacos by dedicated costumers or one sad person sitting at their computer. Without accusing voltaco's of cheating rather im leaving this comment to let the readers know what kind of poll they were participating in. Unfortunately, a fun poll was ruined.
OC 4 Life May 18, 2012 at 01:46 PM
That is unfortunate. I can assure the voters that no one from our business would do such a thing, nor can I imagine anyone that would. If we were to be the winners, we certainly would want it to be by a fair vote. This appears to not be the case. If Berenato's is the Reader's Choice, then they should be the winner fair and square. This happens too often with Internet polling, and it is a shame that one or two voters ruined what was turning out to be a very fun thing. Jeff Taccarino, Voltaco's Italian Foods.
Joe Berenato III May 18, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Two great Family owned and run businesses. Both serving the great people of Ocean City for decades with traditional Italian foods in a great family atmosphere! That's what makes them both winners for so long! Joe Berenato 3rd
John Hayes May 18, 2012 at 07:08 PM
We're a four generation OC family and have loved Voltaco's since forever. But I'm impressed by the votes that Berenato's received. Must pay them a visit.
Colleen Schroeder May 19, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Taco gate repeated... :) Congrats! I have never tried Bernato's but will most certainly pay a visit now!
Jimmy Brown July 05, 2012 at 03:33 PM
I agree
Jimmy Brown July 05, 2012 at 03:35 PM
HERE HERE! Haha! Uncle Joonies just opened this year. I am sooooo glad that I tried it. I went back in a heart-beat. Last time I tried the deli sandwiches. THEY ARE PACKED WITH MEAT! Gezz. That was a sandwich.
Jimmy Brown July 05, 2012 at 03:36 PM


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