Truffle Brothers is a new Mid-City salumeria from Italian brothers Michael and Marco Pietroiacovo, who grew up in Campobosso and supply restaurants with black and white truffles (when in season) plus other Italian imports. Look past deli cases and shelves of ingredients to find seven panini ($9.99 each) listed on a blackboard. Weekdays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., you can order sandwiches filled with proteins like prosciutto, speck, and spicy salame – some dressed with truffle honey or truffle sauce – and sit on a planter-lined patio.
I opted for Porchetta Panino ($9.99). This wasn’t the type of rich, well-spiced specimen I’ve become accustomed to that combines crisp-skinned belly and meaty loin. Instead, this silky deli-style meat was thin-sliced, heated, and combined with sweet caramelized onions, and sharp Sardo Dolce (Pecorino) cheese on crusty bread. Each sandwich comes with a side salad of mixed greens, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and balsamic that’s far from a throwaway. I learned that it’s possible to enjoy Truffle Brothers even if you don’t like truffles.
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