Do you ever have those moments when all you want for lunch is a really good sandwich? My boyfriend seems to get this craving a lot and he LOVES Italian sandwiches in particular, so when I heard that Faicco’s in the West Village had some pretty darn good ones, we headed over one afternoon to see what was up.
Faicco’s is not very big, but since it’s an Italian foods specialty store, boy are there a lot of delicious things stacked on the shelves, in the display cases, and behind the counters from meats to cheeses to sauces to canned goods. It definitely took us a while to get our bearings because we were drooling over everything we saw, and we had to figure out which counter you order sandwiches from since there are two (hint: it’s the one in the back).
Behind the back counter there’s a white board with the different sandwich offerings, but I already knew I was going to get the Italian special which comes with proscuitto, capicola, salami, roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, salt, pepper, oil, and balsamic vinegar. Yum yum and yum. At first I was taken aback by the price–$12 for a sandwich!?–but when I saw them slicing the meat to order and got to feel just how heavy it was, I felt a little better. Seriously, this thing was SO heavy. I’m not good at estimating measures so I can’t guess at how much it actually weighed, but when they handed me my plastic bag with my wrapped sandwich inside I had one of those moments where you underestimate the weight of something and your hand/arm drops a little and you look stupid because you weren’t expecting it to be THAT much. You get the picture.
We took our sandwiches to the nearby Washington Square Park to eat, and when I unwrapped my sandwich all I could think was, “Oh my goshhhhhh. Oh my gosh.” I mean yes, it was heavy and looked big, but when I actually saw all of that thinly sliced meat and all that mozzarella in between crusty white bread, I was in awe. One half of the sandwich would’ve been more than enough for a meal for me.
My amazement at this sandwich only continued when I began eating it. All the different meats were flavorful and the fresh mozzarella was out of this world. This was actually the best tasting mozzarella I’ve ever had and I might be just a little bit ruined because of it. I mean I had enjoyed mozzarella before, but it wasn’t until Faicco’s that I learned just how delicious and perfect it could be. It’s like I thought I knew what was good mozzarella and then all my expectations were shattered and so I started questioning everything I’ve ever known. I meannnnn maybe the first two things at least.
Needless to say, I enjoyed this sandwich that day at the park…and when I got home for dinner…and the day after that for lunch. I’ve heard that Faicco’s rice balls are heavenly and their chicken cutlet, broccoli rabe, and pesto sandwich is great too, so I’ll definitely be making my way back one day.
260 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014