A much-loved bistro and coffee shop in Southport is celebrating its 23rd birthday this month!
Delizzis opened its doors on the corner of Tulketh Street and Wesley Street in Southport town centre in July 1999.
Owner Shahram Zavieh has been delighted to welcome loyal customers to his busy eatery ever since, as they enjoy his top quality, freshly cooked Mediterranean inspired dishes and great quality coffee.
Situated just off the busy Chapel Street high street and opposite the multi-million pound Sports Direct development, Delizzis has proved to be a Godsend for shoppers who want to put down their shopping bags, take the weight off their feet and treat themselves to a tasty meal while in town.
Shahram loves fresh food and enjoys cooking.
He originally opened Delizzis as a deli, but saw it gradually develop into a bistro and coffee shop due to customer demand. It has been a winning move.
“We started this business 23 years ago! There were two of us. I opened here with my friend and business partner at the time, Masoud Hassanyn.
“We were inspired for the name by a place in New York, called Mizzis. We mixed the words ‘delicatessen’ with ‘Mizzis’ to create ‘Delizzis’.
“Before that I lived in Yorkshire, and had a catering business in Huddersfield.
“I was an engineer originally, and then studied catering at Blackpool College.
“My wife, Elaine, is from Southport, and after 15 years we decided to come back here.
“When we opened Delizzis, it started out as a deli.
“We were making our own fresh pasta, and were selling cured meats and Italian products.
“People used to be really interested in what we stocked. They loved to come in and have a look at what we had to offer – but they weren’t as interested in buying it!
“We started to sell fresh pastas and pizzas, and gradually started adding more things to the menu.
“It really took off, and suddenly business was thriving.
“There is a really friendly atmosphere in here. We are lucky to have a lot of very loyal customers, who enjoy eating good quality, freshly cooked food.
“We have a great choice on our menu, and we also have our specials boards, with specials of the week. If a customer asks us for something different that’s not on there, then we always do our best to make it for them.
“I love Southport. We need to do more to bring people into town, and to promote what Southport has to offer.”
The Tulketh Street area of Southport has seen a huge improvement in recent years since a new £3.3million development saw a new Sports Direct, an Everlast Gym, a USC and a Flannels opening at the vacant former Waitrose site, creating 60 new jobs and attracting shoppers.
Shahram said: “The Sports Direct complex has brought more people down here, it has been really good. We need to do something with the former Southport Visiter building on Tulketh Street next!”
- Delizzis, on the corner of Tulketh Street and Wesley Street in Southport town centre is open five days a week between 9am and 4pm each day from Tuesday to Saturday. Call 01704 549988.