This is an Italian supermarket with hard-to-find cheeses, imported pasta, and a nameless sandwich you’ll find pre-wrapped and stacked on the deli counter. It’s as simple as a sandwich can get - a couple slices of provolone, and some cured meat (specifically capicola, mortadella, and salami) on a freshly-baked roll. But with ingredients this excellent, it’s all a sandwich really needs. You, along with 37 other people on their lunch break, will grab it, pay $5.50 for it, and revel in the fact that you’re eating something this fantastic on the hood of your car in a Pasadena parking lot.
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