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Roli Roti’s Porchetta

Melanie Wong | | Nov 14, 2007 05:37 PM

Other than this post by “little big al”, , the ‘hounds are being much too close-mouthed about the delectable porchetta from Roli Roti’s truck at Ferry Plaza. It’s addition to the menu makes the scent of this traveling rotisserie wagon even more irresistible. A porchetta breakfast became a must on Saturday morning and now I think it’s high time to blow the lid off.

I ordered the porchetta sandwich, $7. If you ask for “authentic”, the cut ends of the Della Fattoria roll are rubbed over the cutting board to swab the fatty juices, as shown here. Of course, that’s how I wanted mine. I tried to connect through a porcine telepathic channel with the proprietor, using all my might to mentally will him to offer me the shard of crispy skin that was tossed aside on the board. When it was my turn to order, he did!

Here the porchetta is a pork loin rolled up in a pork belly with herbs and garlic. A nice slice of this spiral is sandwiched in the roll, sprinkled with sea salt, and topped with some braised sweet onions and tender parsley. It’s nestled in an aluminum tray and looks like this.

Even though the near-black skin looks burnt, it’s not. The roasting takes it all the way to the edge to get a crackly skin. The sandwich had too much bread in proportion to meat, and the slice of meat should have been scored to make it easier to eat. That said, I cannot fault the porchetta itself at all. Juicy and full flavored with a good lean to fat ratio, and of course the lovely skin. A new thing to crave.

This may be available only at the Ferry Plaza market. The porchetta can be purchased for $10.50 per pound. The pork is sourced through Heritage Foods USA. Roli Roti uses Fulton Valley Sonoma Select range chickens. i overheard someone ask about onsite catering minimums and a party of 30 works.

New since my last visit are pig’s knuckles, and duck too. C’mon, someone’s gotta tell us about them.

And, just for kicks, here’s a photo of the near 1,300 pound pumpkin from Half Moon Bay on display in front of Market Bar.

Roli Roti
, Hayward, CA