Dalicia: A Taste of Eastern Europe in Mechanicsburg

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Dalicia Ristorante & Bakery recently relocated from its quaint storefront in Midtown to a larger space at 105 S. Market St. in downtown Mechanicsburg.

The new restaurant is now open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Don’t fret, those who loved Dalicia’s sweet treats can still get their mitts on cakes, cookies, and more.

Dalicia’s full menu now features Eastern European-inspired dishes that you’re unlikely to find elsewhere unless you venture to a church picnic in Steelton during the summer. Which makes sense, since owner Samra Alic is originally from Bosnia.

Eastern European-inspired fare in Mechanicsburg

Dalicia’s menu blends familiar dishes with ethnic favorites, serving breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

The menu is not overwhelming. Dalicia created a well-edited menu to offer a few salads, pasta, and soups to larger menu items — think pitas and sandwiches — with an approachable Eastern European influence.

Detailed descriptions of each dish are outlined on the menu. However, if you have questions, be sure to ask.

Currently, Dalicia offers its full menu for takeout and has limited, socially-distanced seating.

Once able to open fully, Dalicia offers ample seating both inside the 100-year-old building and outside for warmer weather dining.

Tip: Dalicia is BYOB if you choose to dine-in!

Dalicia Food Review: What we ordered

First of all, we were all thrilled to try Dalicia’s new menu items. When we discovered we could order this food any day or time of the year, I think Jimi and I both did a virtual celebration dance.

Fun fact: Jimi is Serbian, and I am Croatian. However, I didn’t grow up with that influence, and it wasn’t until Jimi invited us to his church picnics that I had Eastern European food like this. Bo and I are hooked on cevaps.

Second, we did takeout, which Jimi picked up and delivered to us. We selected lunch fare on a Saturday, and added on some desserts.

Note: Jimi has kindly provided pronunciation help, below, in parentheses.

Cevapi (chevopee)

Cevaps are small uncased sausages that come with lepene, which is similar to pita. You put the two together and top with red pepper sauce, sour cream sauce, and fresh white onions.

This was what we came for, and we were not disappointed. I split a larger order with Bo (10 pieces), while Jimi got the smaller portion (5 pieces).

While the lepene could’ve held up better, it was like being back at Serb Park.

Pljeskavica (pleshkaveetsa)

Jimi recommended this order for Andy.

Pljeskavica is a seasoned minced beef patty with onions served with lepene or as a platter with two sides. We chose sides of fries and a side salad. The side salad was large enough for all of us to share, and was the perfect complement to the fatty meats.

Feta Wedge Salad

Jimi wanted a salad and was not disappointed. This HUGE salad was topped with plenty of dressing and feta cheese. It really could be a meal itself.

Additional Dalicia Menu Features

Though the menu is not huge, there are several dishes that piqued our interest for a return trip.

Take the palachinke (paulachinka), or crepes, packed with both sweet and savory fillings.

Or, something like Parikash, which is a spiced stew that would be good for the soul on a cold evening.

Don’t sleep on the Breakfast HP with egg, cheese, and bacon in flaky pastry dough. Think a better version of a hot pocket.

Dalicia’s menu also includes cafe items like coffee, espresso, and even a signature blend of Turkish Tea.

You can view the menu here.

Dalicia Bakery Items

If you went to Dalicia and didn’t get dessert, you’re doing it wrong.

It’s hard to not notice them as they are on full display as soon as you walk in.

Dalicia made its name in Midtown Harrisburg serving up delicious cakes, pastries, cookies, and many more sweet treats.

We’ve had and loved their cookies, cakes, and baked goods previously.

On our visit, cake was the name of the game. And with more than 7 cakes to choose from, it wasn’t an easy decision. We went with Coconut 7-Layer, Raspberry Cake, German Chocolate, and Jimi opted for the Caramel 7-Layer.

Bo and Andy fought for bites of the Raspberry Cake, while I hid the German Chocolate Cake in my office and devoured it when no one was looking (I will be back for this alone). Jimi also raved about the Caramel cake and said it may become his new go-to birthday treat.

Be sure to snag a piece of cake and grab a box of assorted cookies too so you can snack throughout the week. Also, don’t miss the crispy strudel or fresh garlic bread.

Dalicia Ristorante and Bakery is located at 105 S. Market St., Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday.

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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