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The Sandwich at Roma Deli

Will Owen | Mar 3, 2011 11:23 AM

So I finally got one! The first of many, I hope. The description I left on the Mortadella thread was a bit inaccurate; the content of The Sandwich does in fact vary, depending I'm pretty sure on what Rosario has smallish chunks of. The bread, the olive oil, the (stunning) mortadella and the provolone are constants, the capicolla I mentioned is not. Today he had a scrag-end of some prosciutto and a small piece of salami with which he finished mine off. He splits a roughly 10" loaf lengthwise, dribbles a good lashing of olive oil on each half, then starts laying on the mortadella (and if you're lucky as I was he'll hand you a slice just for the hell of it). Two or three slices of cheese go over that, then the other meats, and that's it. The roll is the best I've had around here, with a very crisp crust, not at all tough. I had originally meant to dress the whole thing up a bit more when I got it home, and I'm glad I thought better of that; it was totally satisfying just the way it was, and probably more than any fat old man needs to eat for lunch. Highly recommended!

While I was at it, I got four links of his sausage to put in with tonight's beans. Like The Sandwich, Rosario (call him Ross) makes just one sausage; unlike The Sandwich, The Sausage is always the same: porky, beautifully seasoned, no fennel. It's $3.89/lb, each link being usually a bit over 1/4 lb. The Sandwich is $5.50.

Roma Italian Market & Deli
18 N Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91104
(626) 797-7748

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