Some establishments prove all too easy to bypass. Growing up, we’d always walk by Faicco’s Pork Store on the way to John’s Pizzeria, which was our go-to pizza spot at the time. Years later, it took a friend telling me about their sausage rolls to motivate a mission to the 110-year-old butcher shop and deli.
Faicco’s packs a lot into their small Bleecker Street storefront, including grab-and-go red sauce Italian food like parm, roast beef and pork, arancini, fried ravioli and more. They also have snacks like olives, carry Parisi bread and present tantalizing coils of house-made sausage. Unfortunately, they only have my friend’s favorite item – sausage rolls – on Saturday. Too bad, since the combo of sausage, Parisi dough, Parmiggiano-Reggiano and ricotta sounds amazing.
Still, they did have more than enough to sustain me for breakfast and the plane ride back to LAX. My Chicken Cutlet ($9) sandwich featured crisp crusted filets of dark meat, dark, sporting a light batter and right from the fryer. They layered fresh, springy mozzarella and house-made pesto on sesame-studded hoagie bread.
Since we don’t live in New York City, and considering they didn’t have the lauded sausage rolls, we’ll have to consider our first visit to Faicco’s more of a fact-finding mission.