Inspired by the ‘colmados antiguos de barrio’ (old neighborhood grocery stores) of Spain, a Sherry Bar and Ultramarino welcome guests. An antique pharmacy (circa 1910) imported from Belgium — all original bookcases, glass cases and cabinets — finds new life inside Mama Delia displaying an abundance of rarely available small production wines and distinct gourmet goods from Spain. Further inside, Mama Delia’s elegantly appointed dining room — tailored with velvet, walnut and brass dining furniture, burgundy tweed banquettes, antique Persian Kirman rugs, and vintage brass and wrought iron chandeliers — provides a cozy ‘candlelit’ setting throughout. At the Chef Counter, a monumental 30-foot-long ornate marble bar begins, where up to 30 guests can gather for 100% acorn-fed jamón ibérico and a glass of fino en rama.
There is a variety of conservas (gourmet tinned seafood), some imported exclusively by Mama Delia and others housemade, but all crafted from the highest quality seafood, including cockles, razor clams, sardines with pimientos de padrón, zamburiñas and mussels in escabeche. Potato chips also earn a spot on the shelves. But these all-natural fried-in-olive-oil Spanish varieties are truly unique — from the special yellow potato they’re made from to the unusual flavors such as jamón and pimentón (smoked paprika). A select group of specialty cold-pressed and smoked olive oils can also be found at Mama Delia, including many of limited production. Dried spices, such as saffron and pimentón, are also for sale.
Not sure how best to use, say, the fragrant picual olive oil from Jaen? Chefs are on hand to answer questions and offer tips and recommendations. And ask about our upcoming schedule of product tastings, cooking classes and wine tastings.
“These are the items that I as a chef would like to have in my home,” says Campos of Mama Delia’s product curation process.
At the Chef Counter, a monumental 30-foot-long ornate marble bar begins, where up to 20 guests can gather for glasses of fino en rama, charcuterie boards filled with artisanal cheese and cured meats from Spain, including hand-carved 100% acorn-fed Cinco Jotas jamón ibérico with whom Campos has an exclusive and privileged relationship.