Where East Coast Flavor has a West Coast Style
Niko’s Express Italian Deli is a family owned and operated neighborhood deli in Vista, CA. Dishes are homemade with fresh, local ingredients.

About Our Italian Deli

Welcome to Niko’s Express Italian Deli

Our food stands out because we stick to Italian traditions, use high quality local ingredients, and prepare each dish by hand. From our meatballs and cannolis to our sauces and pickles we guarantee everything is made fresh by us just for you.

Owner, Chef  James,  grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. It was there he was trained in culinary arts in the fast paced kitchens of Master Chef Gaspare' Balsamo at Portifino Ristorante Italiano. Chef James brought his love for Southern Italian food with him when he came to California in 1985.



· 100% of our organic waste is composted at North County farms.

· Our used cooking oil is converted into bio-diesel which fuels local school buses.

· All of our packaging is recyclable and eco-friendly.

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We recently hired Mariah to assist in our daily deli operations. She will be working alongside James in the kitchen and is friendly as can be.

Stop in to meet her and enjoy a great Italian meal!

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What's happening at Niko's
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Haley A.
Vista, CA

Been here twice in the last week. Had the cheesesteak sandwich - very good. Got my dad the pastrami which he said was the best he has had (besides his #1 place in New York). My husband had their meatball sub. Everyone greatly enjoyed their food and the owner goes over ...

Jun 18, 2016
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Kristin L.
San Diego, CA

When we first pulled up, we were a bit taken aback as Niko's is in a gas station. We were pleasantly surprised with all of the food. The owner James is a very nice guy and a great chef. I got the Pa Paw hoagie. It was very flavorful with ...

Jun 9, 2016
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Brendt B.
Vista, CA

Awesome little hidden gem. Friendly service. I ordered the chicken parm and it was among the best I've ever had. The woman behind the counter even gave me a sweet tea while I waited! Short review but there's nothing more to say. 5 stars without hesitation.

Jun 8, 2016
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Ariannah L.
Vista, CA

That's right, and I'd show you why Five stars, but I wolfed it down. Don't try talking with your mouth full of Stromboli exel, you don't want to drop one drip of the juices. One taste and you know, a seasoned chief is behind the scene.  Fresh, made on the ...

Jun 6, 2016
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