In a recent trip back to my home town of Waterbury, Connecticut, I made the pilgrimage to Nardelli's for the combo grinder - ham, salami and provolone.
It was one of the few occasions where the reality was even better than the memory.
The loaf of bread is least a foot long and is the store's own Italian bread. Half the size of this gargantuan sandwich would be considered large in SF where I now live.
I always thought the ham could not have been as good I imagined, but it was. In a sandwich packed with flavor, the ham starred.
The unique part of this grinder is the house made marinated pickle and pepper mix. If I lived in the tri-state area, I would make the trip to Waterbury every now and then just for this sandwich. If you find yourself on I-84, it is just off Exit 25.
I topped it off with Nardelli's white birch beer. Heaven.
Walking into the shop, you are overcome with the aroma top notch Italian food. You can almost fill up on the olefactory wonderfullness.
Here's a link to Nardelli's.
I think that there is a difference between a hogie which is Philly-based, a grinder which is Connecticut based, a po boy from Louisiana, a sub, etc, etc. I say this is the finest example of a Italian meat combo grinder in the universe.
Just $5.25 for a grinder that is big enough for two to fill up on.
The link below is to a review by roadfood.com.