Phenominal sandwich in Garden City
I work in Garden City and was alerted by a colleague to the Newsday piece yesterday about great sandwiches on LI. We saw they mentioned La Bottega, 147 Nassau Blvd in Garden City South, and its Pascoli sandwich, which is slowly roasted suckling pig with fresh mozzarella, broccoli rabe and spicy red peppers on round rustic bread. Well, we went for lunch today and picked it up. Simply put, phenomenal. I have been to many spots around the city and country, and tried many great sandwiches, but this one definitely goes down as one of the best. Great bread that perfectly soaks up the juices from the meat, perfect balance of heat, meat was incredible big chunks and some great fat. I can't say enough about it. The menu is great just to read. A hard core authentic Italian place with about 60 sandwiches, including 5 different suckling pig ones. This place is special. It was jamming when we were there at lunchtime for take out. Only took 10 minutes. A lot of people were calling in and picking up. Go to this place now! So worth traveling to! They have tables in the back to sit down and eat.
Yes, excellent place. The owners are great, too. www.ilovepanini.com
The place they own, just moved next door to the GCS location, is quite good, too. Cafe Barocco. It's Italian small plates, great variety, cheeses, etc. I think they have the same paninis as Bottega next door.
Don't forget about Paniniteca, too, on 7th in the village of GC.
I tried this place yesterday, boy was I disappointed! I ordered the Pascoli and while the cheese bread and broccoli rabe were good. The spicy "red" peppers looked like they were Jalapenos. Sadly the roast pork was terrible. just a couple of gristly and dried out nuggets of pork on the sandwich. While I didn't expect a porchetta sandwich like I had in Florence, after all the positive comments, I'm wary of even trying it again.
Unfortunately, I have to agree with MrPhil.
I read this post right before leaving to try to an Ascoli sandwich, described as "slowly roasted suckling pig with fresh mozzarella, broccoli rabe and spicy red peppers on round rustic bread."
I don't feel as though the pork was from a suckling pig (little piglet); texture and taste seemed just like roast pork to me, while suckling pig tends to be a little bit more, well, succulent? I feel like for $8.50, the sandwich could have been a tad larger, that the spicy red peppers looked like jalapenos (definitely green in color) and that while I did taste them, I probably wouldn't have remembered to mention them when describing the meal. Ultimately, this was an $8.50 roast pork pannini with fresh mozzarella and broccoli rabe.
I'd be interested in finding out what DC3 or the Seventh Street Gourmet would charge for this sandwich. I have a feeling that if it was the same price, it would definitely be a larger sandwich.
Was it good; sure. Was it great; meh?