Twist of ‘modern creativities’: Deli Cioso opened near interstate to draw more traffic
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · December 21, 2012

Rosa Frausto said a passion for cooking brought her to a decision: open a catering business or a restaurant.

She chose restaurant, and on Sept. 21, with husband and partner Conrado, Deli Cioso officially began serving diners out of the Presidential Inn.

West Branch already has a Mexican restaurant, she noted, but there are many more where she lives in West Liberty. The same goes for Iowa City.

“Plus, West Branch has the interstate, which can help bring in business,” she said. “It’s a good location.”

Frausto said her restaurant focuses on “upscale” recipes and a diverse menu.

“We didn’t want to by typical,” she said.

She like using garlic, too, which is not typical in Mexican dishes.

“We have a twist of modern creativities,” she said.

Like margaritas? How about one with caramel apple, or chocolate? And for the holiday season, cranberry mint.

The space inside the Presidential Inn provides room for 65 diners. The restaurant is bright and open, decorated with a Mexican theme. The large, flat-screen TV was showing sports.

In the first few months, customers have leaned heavily toward the enchiladas, burritos and fajita alfredo, she said.

Deli Cioso offers a children’s menu, with chicken nuggets, tacos and a corn dog fried in a tortilla, among other things.

“We’re expanding our menu little by little,” she said.

Hamburgers and biscuits and gravy are some of the more recent additions.

Business has “been good” since opening, though it slowed down a bit after Thanksgiving, Frausto said.

“A lot of people don’t know we’re here,” she said.

The business employs half a dozen, not including Frausto. Her husband has a full-time job outside of the restaurant.

The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Monday.

Frausto said Deli Cioso also offers take-out.

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