About Us

What is Zingerman’s?

“Ahhhhh Zingerman’s…. my temple of deliciousness…” – Mario Batali

Opened in March of 1982 by Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig in an historic building near the Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market, the Deli got its start with a small selection of great-tasting specialty foods, a host of traditional Jewish dishes and a relatively short sandwich menu.

Today, Zingerman’s Delicatessen is an Ann Arbor institution, the source of great food and great experiences for thousands of visitors every year.

The Deli serves up thousands of made-to-order sandwiches with ingredients like premium Black Angus corned beef and pastrami, free-range chicken and turkey, housemade chopped liver and chicken salad. The Deli also stocks an exceptional array of farmhouse cheeses, estate-bottled olive oils, varietal vinegars, smoked fish, salami, coffee, tea and much, much more.

Thirty years later, what started as a little deli has grown into Zingerman’s Community of Businesses

Shopping with us is Different!

We know who our food comes from:
We travel all over the world searching out great tasting artisanal foods. We take the time to get to know the producers, learn about the foods they make, and bring it to you while it’s at the peak of flavor.

We hand-select the best of the batch:
Some cheeses, meats and even olive oils you see in other stores may look the same as what we sell, but they don’t taste the same. What we sell at the Deli is often exclusive to us or hand-selected to provide you with the best flavor we can find. Feel free to do your own taste test — we guarantee everything we sell and will gladly refund your hard earned money if you’re not satisfied.

We take great care of our food:
We hand-cut and slice to order, rather than pre-wrapping our meats and cheeses. Sure it takes a couple of extra minutes to do this to order, but it reflects our commitment to giving you food with the best flavor
possible. You really CAN taste the difference!

We know “when” our food comes from:
We identify new harvests and celebrate the seasonality and flavor changes that occur from one batch to another. Every new harvest year and also every batch of artisanally made food is slightly different in flavor. We identify the new harvests and celebrate the seasonality and flavor changes that occur from one batch to another.

We love to help you shop:
We’ll help you find the perfect foods to fit your occasion and your flavor preferences and can even help you with recipe suggestions and ideas.

We offer free tastes:
The only way to really know if you like something or not is to sample it, and we’ll encourage you to taste food before you buy it. (yes, you can even taste the $200 tradizionale bottle of vinegar!).