Being from the area but not back for quite some time until recently, had to hit the old haunts.
Had to get a 'proper' Italian sub. Was craving one for quite some time. BELIEVE ME. Drove into Hoboken thinking there'd be no way that I would find parking in the area since it can be hell for that. Thinking that it will be worth a ticket and I was willing to double-park and get a ticket. I get on the street, spot the deli, and to my surprise, a parking spot just south of the deli and on the same side. God truly wanted me to get a sub. I go in, take a smell........ Heaven!! I'm home!
Gentleman behind he counter instantly greets me and I feel at home immediately. I start talking about my cravings for a good sandwich and he recommends the best one. He cuts a piece of the homemade mozzarella and hands it to me to sample. Um, how do I express sheer joy in words?
Wonderful, exceptional, magnificent,....... Fill in other words of marvel here,.......
He's talking to me about how the sandwich is prepared, the peppers, etc. Love it. Honest to goodness pride in their establishment. I love the family feel to establishments such as this. Just means so much to me. I listen to the history of the deli with great joy all the while looking at this wonderful delicacy being prepared...... It's ready!
I leave, feeling like I again need to move into the area since I miss the food and the small family feel of several such places. Off to car and my afternoon appointment salivating for the sandwich.
I stop on the side of the road on Frank Sinatra drive overlooking Manhatten and unwrap the sandwich ................... First bite..........
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