After a small dispute a couple of weeks back about veal parm heroes I went to chps two weeks ago for a sandwich. I called ahead and was told it would be ready in 20 minutes(a thursday at 11:30) so I headed over. I parked in front and walked in to a warm greeting and was told it would just be another minute. The owner, Marie, was asembling my sandwich and was telling me how the food writer Ed Levine was comming by for lunch. Just then he walked in and as she finished my sandwich we chatted. He seemed like a nice guy and he mentioned that he was working on a piece for the Times about Italian heroes. When I asked what he was having he said a chicken parm and a meatball hero. He told me that you have to call the day before if you want a meatball hero.
As for the sandwich is was great. In the past my main complaint was the bread, I thought it was to heavy, it was a yellow semolina type. This time it was a long, nubbly and crusty baguette style. The meat was two round thick pieces. While I personally prefer it thinner, it was perfectly tender. The round pieces on the long narrow bread made for some fun nibbling. The sauce and cheese were terrific. A tremendous sandwich, well worth going out of the way to eat
A little while later as I strolled past chps with my Lemon Ice King, lemon ice, I noticed Ed Levine still in the store. Talk about connected, the guy was sitting in the kitchen with the owners laughing and eating.