Pica Deli Reston Serves Gourmet Food for Front-Line Fighters

Pica Deli in Reston has decided to stand up against COVID-19 in the best way they could, through food and community support. Pica Deli has been serving craft sandwiches to the community for thirty-three years. It is owned by Frank Pica. The Deli’s new 2019 co-owners and partners are Frank’s son Tyler and Tyler’s childhood and Reston friend, Caleb Max. On Thursday they set to work feeding a different population for the moment.

(From left) Patrolman First Class Rob Burch, co-owner of Pica Deli Caleb Max, Officer Amanda McLaughlin, and civilian Scott Bacon

Max said, “It’s come to our attention that the hospital cafeterias that feed our doctors and nurses on the front lines of this pandemic have had to close down, leaving these dedicated members of our community to deal with empty shelves in the grocery store and preparing meals at home…We here at Pica Deli have made the decision to step up and meet this need.”

According to Reston Connection, “Pica said he and the Deli’s staff spent nearly 8 hours preparing and packaging the first $1,000 worth of deli-delicious sandwiches. They delivered one hundred of them to front-line hospital workers at Reston Hospital Center on Thursday, April 23. On Deli’s Facebook page, Max thanked everyone who donated. “It means the world to me,” he said. Later the calls and messages began, doctors expressing their gratitude and thanks, said Max.”

As per Reston Connection, “Not done giving, over the next few days, Max and Pica delivered more sandwiches to other health and safety front-line workers, those at Fox Mill Fire Station #31 in Hendon, INOVA Emergency Room Reston/Herndon, INOVA Urgent Care-Reston at North Point Village Center and Reston District Fairfax County Police Station.”

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Maryam N. is a Senior Writer at Nesbitt Realty. She is an expert on Fairfax County. Maryam has also worked previously as a geologist. She is a foodie and enjoys cooking and exploring new restaurants.