I went to Brooklyn Larder yesterday to pick up some Early Bird Granola (that stuff is awesome and worth the $$) and decided to pick up a porchetta sandwich for my husband and a half pount of mortadella, which I asked them to slice thin. The place is cute and while the grocery offerings are somewhat overpriced, it's a fun mix of delicacies that I could see going back to from time to time to treat myself.
As far as the sandwich and mortadella went -- I was really unimpressed with the mortadella. To be done right, it has to be sliced thin, which is what I specifically requested. It was sliced as thick as baloney, the outer skin hadn't been peeled (no one in the U.S. seems to do this, but in Italy it's done not only in the salumieri, but also a normal grocery store deli counter) and it was over $9 for half a pound of Framani, which I know from Fairway to be American made. Good American made, but still, we're not talking about imported from Parma. I didn't try the porchetta sandwhich, but my husband was unimpressed. It cost $8.50 and I had to open it up to make sure they hadn't given me something else, it was so thin it looked like another cold cut order. I actually hate sandwiches where the meat is piled on, but this was flat like a panino and not very long, either.
Still, it seemed like a cool place and I hope it does well. One thing is for sure, if they are going to get away with that sort of pricing, they need to better train their staff on the art of cutting cured meats.