Bottega Fiorentina Newbury Street
Went for lunch today because I have liked it before in Brookline. Today was a different experience. The young man behind the counter was preparing sandwiches and sweating a lot. He kept sweating and wiping his sweat with his hands and continuing to make food. There were two men behind the counter. Both of them kept sticking their hands into containers of Mozzarella Cheese. No gloves and no tongs. I wanted to leave right then and there but I had already oredered my food. My sandwich came with literally nothing inside it. A big long piece of bread with very little ingredients inside. That did not bother me as much as the dirty conditions and the way the food was handled. Really gross.
I forgot to add that the young man who was wiping his sweat was also eating the ingredients as he made the food. He made a cheese plate for someone and he was popping pieces of cheese in his mouth and chewing while preparing the food. It was 28.00 for a pasta with tomato sauce, my sandwich and a water and an iced tea. Not including the tip.
I really want to like this place, its right around the corner from my office, the price is ok and with Deluca's off my list for trying to serve leftovers from the fire at their other location I need a good sandwich place. So yesterday I called in an order for a turkey sub to go pick up (Tacchino
Turkey, Cheese, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Pickles, Hot Peppers, Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Vinegar)
, and they told me 10-15 minutes. I thought that was a bit long for a sub but whatever. So i take my time getting there make in in about 12 minutes and then wait for another 10 as the lone guy behind the bar slowly makes a few sandwiches. Taking so long wasn't a killer but it didn't help.
When I get back to my desk I admire the heft of the sandwich, seems like a good value then i open it up and find the condiments include two pickle ends with stems attached and a slice of tomatoe featuring a big brown section of core in the middle. Again these aren't a killer but are certainly offputting and indicative of rather lazy sandwich making. Even with the standard pickles and hot peppers the sandwich was pretty unremarkable.
I'll probably go back, but less frequently and lowered expectations
Have you tried Cafe Jaffa on Gloucester between Newbury and Boylston. You'll get much better value for your dollar there. They have about 8 Middle Eastern sandwiched and another set of more American diner sandwiches.
Another good choice would be Trident on Newbury between Hereford and Mass Ave. where they sell a lot of sandwiches. Both places will prep and have them ready to go.
48 Gloucester St, Boston, MA 02115