A Sandwich a Day: Renzo Special at Molinari Delicatessen in San Francisco
The Renzo Special ($8.75) is one of nine sandwich combos at Molinari's, a back-to-basics Italian deli and sandwich shop complete with hanging salamis and walls of pasta. The storefront would be at home in any city's Little Italy, but the prime selection of neighborhood-sourced sandwich ingredients makes Molinari straight San Francisco.
The Renzo Special comes highly recommended by the no-nonsense men behind the counter, and you'd be remiss to ignore their advice. Thinly sliced, chewy-tender prosciutto nearly melts into similarly sliced coppa, smokey and rich with just a hint of a spicy kick. The salty meats are nicely balanced with creamy, fresh mozzarella and sweet sun-dried tomatoes.
You can pick a roll of your choice from a stack of cases behind the meat counter, but instead ask for the round, plate-sized foccacia. Delivered fresh daily from Liguria Bakery up the hill, it's a far superior bread choice to any this side of Columbus. Lightly toasted in a sandwich press with a rub of flavor from the sun-dried tomatoes, it's crusty, oily, and well worth the extra dollar.