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. Each dish is homemade with fresh, local ingredients and prepared to order.

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 delicious Italian meal!

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What's happening at Niko's
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Patricia L.
Vista, CA

OMGosh the Philly Cheese steak was awesome. Everything about it was awesome from the bread up to the peppers. Very tender meat, not over powering pepper and yummy bread. We will definitely be back to try something new.

Mar 10, 2017
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Jim M.
Oceanside, CA

Do yourself and your palate a favor, stop by this place. Today was my second trip here.  Found the place by accident stopping to get Gas.  Yes, it's inside the Gas Station.  Great find.  First time I had the Pastrami, it was spot on. Best Pastrami I've had since a ...

Mar 2, 2017
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Jessica W.

I ordered catering for the office after I ate there a few times because the food was so great. I lived around the corner and couldn't get enough. Thank...

Feb 24, 2017
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Brittany L.
Vista, CA

Super friendly chef and the Tiramisu is great. Who would've thought such good desert from inside a gasoline station. Makes me love my community more!!

Feb 21, 2017
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Janet R.
Clarkdale, AZ

Great portions, fresh made from scratch, big portions. We had the Caesar salad and house hoagie. Very good, very reasonable. The gas station setting was off-putting, but the food was great!

Feb 19, 2017
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J. Michael L.

First off, for people trying to find this place, it's inside the gas station. There are a handful of tables you can sit at. All the food is made fresh, so...

Feb 18, 2017
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David E.
Vista, CA

I must say that my first visit to Niko's will not be my last.Best Pizza in San Diego, nice Antipasto Salad and cheesy Garlic Bread.Italian Hogie with all the right stuff!

Feb 15, 2017
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B W.
Redlands, CA

This is the best kept secret in Vista! The chicken Parmesan is amazing, I'm writing this review as I eat it. The sauce is amazing, and the chicken is cooked perfectly, and the cheese is delicious. I highly recommend this family owned restaurant. Great Italian food!

Feb 6, 2017
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