A Sandwich A Day: Porchetta Sandwich from Eataly
In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
At the rotisserie counter at Eataly, you can get the porcini-rubbed prime rib in a sandwich, which we've written about before. But there's a pretty good porchetta sandwich ($12), too. It's properly juicy (like, soak through the paper wrapper fatty), with crisp skin and rendered fat and meat that's nowhere dry. All that porkiness is well-salted and backed up by garlic and oregano, the strongest of the seasonings.
That said, we do have a problem with this sandwich: the bread. The baguette-like loaf looks slim but it's crusty enough that it's hard to bite through, and substantial enough that you're occasionally not tasting the porchetta. Which is just silly in a porchetta sandwich. We'd recommend that Eataly's rotisserie make friends with its bakery just a few paces away; a stirato-style loaf or something of that sort would take this sandwich from "devour the pork, leave half the bread" to a first-class lunch.