I’ve been meaning to get some pictures of a local place where we found GREAT grinder bread – Joe Pizza in Simsbury (there’s one in Canton, CT also). I miss the more substantial sub rolls that you see in NY and NJ – generally here, even with fabulous filling, the shops use more what I would call a “squishy white bread” type of roll, which takes away from the total experience of a great sandwich. It’s not terrible, but it becomes more of a vehicle for the contents vs. a critical part of the whole.
I was on the hunt for a good steak and cheese (pictures next time), and tried a grinder from Joe Pizza, nearby to where we live. We’ve been to Joe’s a number of times, they have some decent pizza, great burgers, and other things, but we’d never tried their grinders. We’ve been missing out all this time.
Tim and I got half grinders – a chicken parm, and a meatball grinder. The chicken parm actually comes with sauteed spinach as a regular order (which Tim had them leave off), which I found to be an interesting choice.
I didn’t get a cross shot, but it was substantial, cheesy, and delicious – but the bread makes the sandwich. I chose the meatball option, sans peppers.
Again, no good cross photo – I can only claim hunger got the best of me and I stopped taking photos. My only criticism might be the need for more sauce; next time I’ll ask for a bowl of their delicious marinara on the side for dipping. This is my new go-to place for a grinder, the bread is substantial – chewy on the outside, light on the inside, but not overly so; I hate it when the insides go shooting out the other end if bread is too tough or chewy. I’ve tried asking where they get their rolls from, but haven’t found anyone to give me a direct answer yet. They only offer a few grinder styles; I’ve already tried the steak and cheese which I’ll get photos of next time, plus an eggplant, sausage and peppers, and italian tuna. No Italian Combo here unfortunately. Totally delicious!