Stellar Sandwiches with a Pedigree

Hounds have been happily noshing their way through the sandwich lineup at Torrisi Italian Specialties. The roast turkey is wonderful, says chompchomp: rich, moist meat with spicy mayonnaise, red onion, tomato, and lettuce. The roast pork (with broccoli rabe, roasted red pepper, and melted provolone) is "the greasiest, slipperiest mash-up ... Outrageously rich and delicious."

The chicken parmigiana sandwich features organic meat, house-made mozzarella, and a sauce with perfect tang, on bread from nearby Parisi Bakery; it's "beautiful, just beautiful," sighs CPalms. (stuartlafonda, who prefers his cheese browned and his bread toasted, finds it just fine but not great.) The Italian cold cut hero, CPalms adds, belongs in the conversation with Defonte's and Faicco's Pork Store. Beyond sandwiches, check out the prepared foods for carryout, which include terrific eggplant caponata, potato-pepperoni salad, and lasagna ("light as a feather," says Hondo3777).

The menu sounds like what you might find at countless other Italian-American delis. The difference at Torrisi is that the chef-owners trained in top Manhattan kitchens (Café Boulud, Del Posto, A Voce) and the ingredients—cheeses, produce, oils, cured meats, etc.—are all from American producers. "Classically trained chefs making Italian American specialties using only domestically sourced ingredients—Love the idea!" CPalms says.

Torrisi Italian Specialties [Nolita]
250 Mulberry Street (near Prince Street), Manhattan
212-965-0955

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