Yitz’s Delicatessen recipes will live on, through Summerhill Market!
Yitz’s Delicatessen opened in 1972 on the corner of Avenue Road and Eglinton, and set deep roots in the community of Toronto for 47 years. Yitz’s was a well established and popular Jewish deli when Barry Silver came along 27 years after its opening to purchase the iconic shop from Yitz Penicer in 2000. Barry understood the importance of continuing traditional Jewish comfort food in the community and kept the same menu. Making everything from scratch, from curing and smoking their own meats, to house made soups, salads and more. In addition, they were adding a few more recipes of their own, over the years.
Stepping into Yitz’s was an experience from the moment you opened the doors, starting with sausage shaped door handles. Once inside, you witnessed culinary history. A traditional Jewish deli with Barry eagerly awaiting customers at the counter every day to put their order together, from sliced meats to pastrami on rye, lox and cream cheese or the infamous potato latkes.
After 20 years, Barry made the difficult decision to retire to spend more time with his family. His decision was accelerated by the LRT construction project that obstructed the deli doorstep and made it extremely difficult for parking.
On Sunday, December 1st, 2019 the doors to Yitz’s closed and a conversation opened. Summerhill Market started working closely with Barry to purchase his recipes and the rights to the business. Barry unfortunately passed away almost one year after closing in November 2020. It was Barry’s wish for Summerhill to carry on the tradition of Yitz’s.
Many of the recipes were held in Yitz’s and Barry’s creative minds with little documentation. Fortunately, Sharon Rattigan, who was a longtime Yitz’s cook, knew the methods and measurements of the original handwritten recipes. As a consultant, Sharon worked closely with Summerhill Chefs to recreate the “secret sauce” to Yitz’s Delicatessen menu in Summerhill Market style, while still honouring Barry’s wishes.
We’re so excited to help keep some of this history alive, and look forward to sharing some of the community favourites with you.
The Yitz’s product line will be available in stores beginning November 25th, 2021.
Summerhill Yitz’s Delicatessen Menu: