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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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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Kirk W.
Vista, CA

Great place for great food and service. Their pizza and sandwiches are on point. I get the Nikko's special and add beacon. Now that pizza is love to the mouth. All the sandwiches are tasty my favorite is the chicken parm. Fine food and service makes this place worthwhile.

Jan 7, 2017
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Phil M.
Vista, CA

I really love Niko's James really knows his stuff. A few of my favorites are the tuna sandwich, I love tuna and James makes the best I have ever had so I order one often. The Italian Beef sandwich is probably the best beef sandwich I have ever had from ...

Jan 4, 2017
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Maria M.
Vista, CA

The desserts here are excellent.  I ordered cheesecakes and tiramisu to add to my Italian Christmas dinner.   I had never visited Niko's before (just saw reviews here and took a leap of faith and ordered online) and was a little nervous when I arrived to find it attached to a ...

Dec 29, 2016
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