Braised Trotter, Salsa Verde, Carciocavallo, Kaiser Roll ($8)
A nose-to-tail take on a Sloppy Joe, this messy, greasy braised trotter sandwich stole the show. The sweet, meltingly tender trotter was spilling out of the sandwich at first bite, left to be scooped up by fingers and forks alike. The salsa verde and sharp shredded cheese balanced out the sweet richness of the meat... a little bit. It's still very, very rich.
The Kaiser roll had nice freshness and flavor, but that bottom bun didn't stand a chance.
Eggplant, Hummus, Tomato, Mint, Feta, Potato Roll ($9)
The vegetarian option of the day, this eggplant sandwich made for a great blend of Mediterranean flavors, but wasn't so well executed. The potato roll was far too cumbersome, making it difficult to get an all-encompassing bite. Still, when we did manage it, the blend of sweet roasty eggplant, meaty heirlooms, sharp feta, and well-spiced hummus was excellent. Also nice was the surprising saltiness of the mint, which was diced up with peppers to create a chimichurri-like spread.
Roasted Leg of Lamb, Peperonata, Cucumber, Pretzel Roll ($11)
The roasted lamb that makes up the bulk of this sandwich is sliced thinly enough that you could mistake if for roast beef, at first. But the rich, gamey flavor comes through, nicely complemented by thinly sliced cucumbers and salty peperonata. Actually, the blend of beef-like lamb and peppers evokes an Italian beef. The real star here is the fresh pretzel roll: wonderfully chewy with a slightly sweet interior and salty exterior.
Soppressa, Capicola, Wagon Wheel, Lettuce, Tomato, Foccacia ($10)
Clearly harkening to a classic multi-meat Italiano, this was the sandwich I couldn't. Stop. Eating. The thinly-sliced salty meats; the sweet-tang of Cowgirl Creamery's Wagon Wheel; the dripping, thick-sliced heirloom tomato -- sure, this was a variation on a sandwich I've had before, but done better. The swath of buttery aioli coating the fresh foccacia didn't hurt things, either.
Hen Ballontine, Avocado Mayo, Lettuce, Sweet Baguette ($10)
Salumeria's hen ballontine is stuffed with carrots, onions, pancetta, and mustard greens, moistened with egg and seasoned with salt and pepper. It's a more flavorful, juicy take on a chicken breast sandwich and tastes awfully Californian thanks to the avocado mayo and crisp, fresh greens.
Pickle Plate ($5)
This board included pickled dill, onion, radish, carrot, okra, beet gherkin, and whey. An awfully pretty board, the spicy carrot and sweet beet were standouts.