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tempo un-impresto

brian j | Sep 27, 2005 05:30 PM

so i finally made it over to Tempo Presto in park slope this past week. ordered the 'porchetta' sandwich. this sandwich was mentioned in the first review i read of this place. i asked the guy behind the counter what it's all about. he said that they take a whole pig and cook it with pistachio stuffing. then the strip off all the meat, and that's what they use on the sandwich. well, that sounds awesome, so i happily handed the man $8 for the sandwich and eagerly awaited it. he said it would be a few minutes cuz they had to press it.

i see it on the press, and i'm excited. finally he wraps it up and hands it to me. immediately i am disappointed. i can tell from the weight of bag that the sandwich is rather small. i walk outside and open it up. it's a super slim sandwich. i give it a bite and all i can pretty much taste are the spicy peppers which are on it. i love spicy peppers, 'but where's the pork?', i think to myself. i open it up to take a look, and see that there's some meat which resembles panchetta on it, roundish with rings of fat. except where panchetta would be dark and crispy, this meat is pale and limp. and there's only 3 or 4 slices of it at that.

anyway, i finished the sandwich and was rather underwhelmed. from the way it was described to me, i was expecting something more like an italian version of a pulled pork sandwich. or maybe some sort of roasted pork sandwich. what i got was pretty much bread and spicy peppers, with a hint of pork.

i'd been so excited to get over to tempo presto for so long, and then I finally do, and this is what i get. needless to say i won't be going back.

after i ate the sandwich and complained to my girlfriend that it was a dud, she says,
"More like Tempo Un-Impresto!"

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