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Gaetano's Edges Hannah's for Readers' Choice Deli

By the slimmest of margins, Gaetano's wins this week's Readers' Choice contest.

In awarding this week's Readers' Choice winner for , I almost wanted to pull a card similar to one my aunt used on me and my cousins when we were younger.

"You are my favorite nephew for your age," she'd tell me. "You are my favorite nephew for your age," she'd say to my cousin Jimmy.

It was that close between and .

Gaetano's edged Hannah's in the vote category, 497 (42%) to 436 (37%), but Hannah's received more positive comments by a score of 15 to 10. Gaetano's garnered more reviews and ratings (5) on its , but we haven't set one up yet for Hannah's.

So in deciding a winner, I counted Gaetano's five 5-star reviews as comments, which brought them up to 15, even with Hannah's. And with the slight advantage in the poll, it's Gaetano's whose been crowned the Readers' Choice winner for best sandwich shop in Stratford.

Here's what some users had to say about the Hard's Corner deli:

  • : "Coming from New York, this is THE PLACE to go for sandwiches. HANDS DOWN. NO CONTEST!"
  • : "Awesome food and great people. Love it."
  • : "Best deli in CT."
  • "Gaetanos is by far the best. All of you must have lost your taste buds or something because none of you know what you're talking about!"

John's comment was in response to ardent Hannah's supporters, who, just so there are no hard feelings after being named second, really showed their dedication to the Paradise Green deli.

Here were some of the comments for Hannah's:

  • : "Hannah's is wonderful. Sandwiches are great. Bill's soups are fantastic, he makes some of the best I have ever had. The hummus is tremendous, home made fresh and simply the best to be had. The staff is great everyone is very friendly and Hannah is a kind warm hearted woman. I would not step into any other deli in Stratford."
  • : "Hannah's has the best steak and cheese anywhere! Prime Rib freshly sliced! It is amazing."
  • : "Hannah's Kitchen is my families favorite deli!!! They have great food (including hot dinner's) and their service is the best!"

Though the poll is closed, you can review listings in our Patch Places directory any time (and we're working on setting up Hannah's with a listing page).

And check out the Readers' Choice Stratford 2012 Topic Page to see who else you have selected as the best of the best.

Sandra March 31, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Congratulations to Gaetano's!!!! I'm sorry Hannah's Kitchen did not come out on top with the numbers, but your number one with the community. I enjoyed Andre's passion for serving the people who walked in the door and also the few dogs who visited the window in hopes of some leftovers last night. All people and pets walked away joyful and happy, eager for another day to return!!
Lisa Turner March 31, 2012 at 06:56 PM
wow- we are lucky to have both such excellent sources right here in town. Yummy!
Annie March 31, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I don't think it is fair that you count Gaetano's ratings on the listing page as comments for the voting when Hannah's doesn't have a listing. The folks at Hannah's were not even aware that the Stratford Patch existed nor did they know anything about the voting until Wednesday when one of the customers mentioned it to them. Perhaps a revote is called for.
Hanadi & Andre Bouchahine April 01, 2012 at 02:41 AM
My Husband Andre & I would like to congratulate Gaetano's for their excellence, and we like to thank all of our customers (Hannah's Family), We are greatful for your comments and votes, after all you all know how much we love to cook for you!!! with love Hanadi & Andre Bouchahine
arkay April 01, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Gaetano's is the best deli in CT. Well deserved!

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