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Paesano's Roast Suckling Pig Sandwich

OMG I just went to Girard Avenue between 2nd and Front in Phila and had the most amazing sandwich of my life. It was the "artista" (roast suckling pig, broccoli rabe, long hots and sharp provolone) at Paesano's ,the luncheonette opened by the people at Modo Mio the terrific tuscan restaurant across the street. There are about 6 counter seats so if you are going to eat there you need to be patient ,but it seemed as though they were doing a brisk take-out business. I have had the roast pork at Tony Lukes, DiNics and Johns and this blew them all away. You can also get a side of roasted potatoes cooked in Duck fat for $2. Your doctor might not be to happy about it ,but the flavor was incredible. There are 4 or 5 other sandwiches on the menu and they all look fantastic. Web site is attached to Modo Mio's . Please don't go to often as it was hard enough to get a seat as is.

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  1. hahaha great report. this little spot has been consistently great since opening and PACKED recently! i really wish they had more vegetarian items, and i wish they'd do a pizza to show some of the joints in the area how it's done - but til then, i enjoy my lil chickpea sandwich. i had roofers working at my place last weekend and i triiiiied to treat them to paesano's but they respectfully declined... boy they don't know what they missed! :)

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    1. re: rabidog

      The pork sandwich there is really good as is the veal sausage too. The roasted potatoes are the best. They also have two small tables outside bringing the seating capacity to the double digits... A great addition to the area!

    2. Comparing the Paesano's sandwich to those from DiNic's et al is like comparing DiNic's roast beef sandwich to DiNic's brisket sandwich. Or like comparing DiNic's roast pork sandwich to DiNic's pulled pork sandwich...

      They're completely different sandwiches, and both best in class

      1. got to return to this thread to give some props to the specials of the day... an eggplant parm grinder and a tuscan bread soup. i'll admit... i got some paesanos takeout today on my way home after a couple beers at the world cafe live free @ noon show... i took half the sandwich out of the bag on my walk home down girard, just for a lil taste... and damned if i didn't have the whole thing polished off by the time i hit 4th st. oops.

        1. Just have to add to this thread. I went to Paesano's for the first time today (What took me so long?) luckily I work with food people so I had half a pork sandwich and half a chick pea sandwich. Both were INCREDIBLE! and coolgeek is right - can't compare that pig to John's or DiNic's - the texture of the meat alone is enough to send me over the edge. Call ahead for pickup!

          1. the pork on that sandwich is incredible. Amazing. Although, now that I've had the lamb sausage Gustaino? Gustavo? sandwich, it may take me a while to get back to the arista. Also had the Paesano sandwich, which is also great.

            I live approximately 26 blocks from this place and have gone there for lunch 3 saturdays in a row. And I don't have a car. Now THAT means something!

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            1. re: hollyd

              FWIW, Paesano's won the best italian hoagie in the WIP hoagie hunt, besting the likes of Salumeria, Primo's, Shank and Evelyn's, and Sarcone's. They definitely must be doing something right!

              1. re: cwdonald

                My boyfriend, an expert Salumeria and Sarcones Italian hoagie appreciator, had the Italian hoagie at paesano's yesterday, and this is is his summary:

                bread was good, meat and cheeses: great, but while Sarcones has the fabulous cheese and bread to push it over the top, and Salumeria has the amazing house dressing and hot pepper relish, there was nothing really stellar to put the paesano's Italian above the other two.
                Also, he says, Paesano's Arista and Paesano sandwiches are so amazingly good that they set an impossibly high standard, and NOT ordering them is already difficult enough.

              2. re: hollyd

                Gustaio. Glad to hear it's good; that's the next one on my list!

                1. re: berbadeerface

                  it's smaller, so you may want potatoes, but OH. MY. is it good.

                  1. re: hollyd

                    I always get the potatoes anyway;)

                    But usually I leave wayyy too stuffed, so this will be good. I'm salivating; Maybe I will go today for lunch!

                    1. re: berbadeerface

                      bring me one to the museum?
                      nah. I'm kidding. Saturdays only for that calorie fest.

                      1. re: hollyd

                        Haha, I ended up not going there; I tried Smokin' Betty's instead, which was pretty good too. Next time...

                        What museum?

                        1. re: berbadeerface

                          art museum. And free admission for anyone who brings me Gustaio or Arista sandwiches from Paesano's. :)

                    2. re: hollyd

                      Also Holly, I just had a browse around your blog and it's really good. I look forward to reading more!

                      1. re: berbadeerface

                        ha! awesome. On the Paesano's post too!

                        1. re: hollyd

                          Finally tried the gustaio yesterday, and it was every bit as good as you said! We shared one of those, an arista and an order of potatoes. Then we shared a crispelle, and waddled home sated and stuffed. I love this place!

                          1. re: berbadeerface

                            just had the Gustaio today and it f**king rocks. Easily one of the top 5 sandwiches I've ever had. The only caveat is that you should eat it pretty soon after its made. I had it about 20 minutes later and it was a bit of a mess. But it was still ridiculously awesome.