DELICATESSEN

In 1959 there were about 15,000 delis in New York City.

The word 'delicatessen' is of German origin, 'delikatessen' which means delicacies, or an an abundance of good things to eat.

At one of New York's legendary delis, Zabar's, the average salary for a lox slicer with 10 years experience is $60,000 a year.

Americans consume more than 5 billion pounds of deli meats a year, including about 800 million pounds of bologna. (1995).

 

 

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