Sandwich a Day: The #4 at Genova Delicatessen in Napa, CA
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There are only so many vineyards even the hardiest drinker can visit before they need to stop and pad their stomach. Many of those wine-tasters end up at Genova Delicatessen, which means perennial long lines at this Italian-style deli. If you have the patience to wade through the crowds of semi-drunk people who seem to have particular difficulty with the deli's number system, then Genova is worth a stop.
These are not the best sandwiches I've ever tasted, but they weren't bad either. The best of the bunch was the Number 4 ($8.49), mostly thanks to its shockingly large layer of prosciutto. I've never seen prosciutto layered on a sandwich like sliced turkey but, especially after a morning of wine-tasting, I appreciated the full on blast of salt and meat.
The mozzarella was also good: while it could have used some salt, the texture was on the creamier side. The mozzarella gets topped with fresh basil and sliced tomatoes, then finished with a heavy pour of vinegar. Despite its good ingredients and satisfying size, this sandwich was a bit off-balance and overwhelmed. (Which might not be a bad thing, when that also describes the clientele.)
About the author: Carrie Vasios is the Community Manager of Serious Eats and writes the Wake and Bake, Cookie Monster, and Serious Entertaining columns. She likes perusing her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar.