This weekend I ate what may possibly have been the greatest sandwich of my life this far. Granted, it had been a while since my last sandwich adventure, but this one was Â not like anything I’ve ever tasted before. Definitely worth the hour long walk in the rain to get there!
I ate this sandwich at Paesano’s in Philadelphia. It was recommended to me by a few different Philly celiacs and after checking out their delicious sounding website, there was no way I wasn’t going to eat at this place. They advertise that they now offer gluten free bread and the combination of ingredients making up their sandwiches sounded super awesome! They have two locations in Philadelphia but I ate at the one on Girard Ave.
On first walking into this tiny little place I wasn’t too certain they would have anything gluten free as it’s basically as tiny takeout sandwich shop with a few high stools for anyone who wants to eat in. My fears faded however once I started speaking with the chef who was extremely nice and knowledgeable about celiac disease. It turns out the owner’s children are celiac and they offer gluten free bread so that he can bring his kids in for lunch. The chef knew all about cross contamination issues and took all the precautions he could by putting a clean cutting board down and thoroughly cleaning everything he used. I went for the Paesano which is beef brisket, horseradish mayo, roasted tomatoes, pepperincino, sharp provolone and a fried egg. It was a philly cheesesteak style sandwich but more exciting and made with really good gluten free bread which the chef told us they get from New Jersey as they haven’t been able to source anything as good in the city.
This sandwich was quite the experience and I will definitely be back at some point during my month in Philly!