Arlington deli concocting its own history

The spicy Italian sub at Anthony’s East Side Deli.
The spicy Italian sub at Anthony’s East Side by JESSICA RINALDI FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

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Anthony’s East Side Deli only opened on April, but it feels like it’s been in the East Arlington neighborhood for a century. Locals tap on the display case, ordering cold cuts and cheeses (Boar’s Head is carried here), and inquiring, amid small talk, which fresh-made sides are best on that particular day.

But when an early-30s woman with a baby carrier asks about gluten-free options, the sepia-toned daydream takes on a very modern hue. Anthony’s recalls a bygone era in aesthetics only. The deli can meet the demands of today’s customers, thanks in part to the nearby gluten-free bakery. Owner Anthony Masci made an effort to root his shop in the past, while keeping it current.

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