Prime Pizza, the pizzeria from Fairfax Village magnates James Starr and Jason Bernstein, has maintained a clear focus since opening in 2014, straying only to sell the occasional chopped salad, chicken wings, or garlic knots. That led to a surprising reveal from restaurant group chef Noah Galuten, who e-mailed me on August 24, saying, “After going down an R&D rabbit hole for several months, and eating a terrifying amount of Italian deli sandwiches and bread samples, we now have three sandwiches on our menu at Prime.”
Galuten grew up in Santa Monica, home to Bay Cities Italian Deli and the vaunted Godmother sandwich. Given his upbringing, it’s no surprise that he took on an Italian Combo ($11). In this case, Prime Pizza opted for Molinari Salame instead of Boar’s Head for cold cuts. This sandwich stacks salami, mortadella, and pepperoni with sliced Provolone, giardianera, tomato, onion, mayo, mustard (including seeds), basil, olive and vinegar. Spicy tang builds with each bite, with chewy Bub and Grandma’s ciabatta sporting good crust.
If Galuten and the Prime Pizza crew are able to come up with other sandwiches this good, how long could it be until the world enjoys a restaurant dedicated to Prime Sandwiches?
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