You know what’s amazing?
Receiving a text message that says “Hey, would you like me to pick you up a sandwich for dinner?”
Like there’s anyone who knows me who doesn’t know the answer to that question.
Sandwich Delivery: On Point
Set up along the revitalization of Broadway in DTLA, il caffe is an excellent little sandwich shop that I had never heard of before, but definitely plan on visiting again.
On recommendation, I ordered the Bresaola sandwich. Bresaola is a type of air-dried, salt-cured, aged two to three months beef that has been sliced thin and piled onto this delicious sandwich. The flavor of this meat is mellow, but delicious. the salt giving a bit of kick through the mellowness.
Aged Meat: Your Friend
I’ve tried a lot of aged meats before, on sandwiches and off, and this has to be one of my favorites. It has the color of a sliced roast beer, with a more nuanced flavor. It really is a delicious choice for making a star of a sandwich.
The bresaola is topped with a lot of sliced Parmesan cheese, which has its own savory flavor to match with the meat of the sandwich. The healthy dose of arugula on top of these two ingredients adds a peppery kick, just enough to cut through the other savory ingredients.
Sourdough: Gluten Superhero
Another standout of this sandwich though? The bread. Two sliced pieces of some of the most delicious sourdough bread I’ve ever tasted cradle the delicious insides. I’ll have to ask if this bread is made in house on my next visit, but regardless it’s amazing and worth picking up a loaf just to eat on its own.
Seriously, it’s that good. (PS – Sourdough is my favorite bread, for all of you looking for Christmas gifts this year…)
One thing to note: This sandwich obviously sounds like it was made with incredible flavor in mind, but the owner of il caffe would not let the sandwich leave the shop without promising one thing: toast it up before eating.
He wanted his sandwich to provide the same flavor experience at home as it would in shop, truly the concern of a real sandwich craftsman. Toasting the sourdough and warming the bresaola and Parmesan really did bring this sandwich up to the five star notch. Well done.
Broadway is quickly growing into a must-see destination in DTLA, with its numerous bars, venues, and restaurants. If you haven’t spent much time downtown, this should be your first place to get a sense of the culture, and il caffe‘s Bresaola Sandwich should be one of your first meals.
Until next week, Readers…
855 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014