Friday, September 25, 2009

Stuck to My Ribs: Joe Fassi Sausage & Sandwich Factory

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 12:45 PM

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On this Saturday, however, I wasn't there to relish the history so much as the sausage. When it came time to make my selection, I felt it necessary to try a sandwich that sounded like it was named after a WWE finishing move. Of the 26 options, there were many that met that criterion: the Paul Fassi New York Bomber, Sheriff Murphy's Irish Sling, the Carl Fassi Italian Perfecto and Aunt Jennie's Salsiccia Stinger, to name a few. With names like those, part of me expected to see sandwich #27, Iron Sheik's Camel Clutch.

After a quick scan of the menu board, I settled on #13, the Vince Fassi Salsiccia Slam. This features roast beef, pepper cheese, onion and pepperoncini all serving as a complement to the famous salsiccia. The salsiccia is handmade, a moderately spicy Italian sausage with a dense but smooth texture; it offers a taste of fennel without the pain of picking the seeds out of your teeth. All that is topped with a spoonful of housemade tomato sauce ladeled out of old pots that look like holdovers from Grandma Fassi's kitchen.

The side dishes at Joe Fassi bring little to the table -- a standard potato salad or a bag of chips accompany most dishes -- but they aren't billed as the star of the show. Nor are the ample fresh salads or the daily pasta options. All of them play second fiddle to the sandwiches. At nine inches, the sandwiches aren't obscenely large, but mine was more than sufficient to send me home to the couch with a full belly, destined to have visions of handmade salsiccia dancing in my head as I nodded off.

Couches, sausage sandwiches and midday naps: Isn't that what Saturdays are all about?

Josh Bacott reports on his journey through one of the unhealthiest cities in the good ol' USA every other Friday for Gut Check. Because who says calories have to count?

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