At Torrisi’s Italian Specialties, the turkey sandwich is elevated to a work of art. Quiet unbelievable because it is a turkey sandwich. I am extremely anti-poultry when it comes to sandwiches. Normally chicken breasts are overcooked to pieces of drywall and sliced turkey lack taste & flavor. But at Torrisi’s I am proven very wrong and if I were you, I’d schedule a “meeting” around 1pm & sprint to Nolita to enjoy Torrisi’s turkey sandwich.
Review and commentary on this rocking turkey sandwich
Torrisi’s Italian Specialties is a darling in the online food blogging space. Glowing reviews emanate from the establishment. Here is one from the NY Times. During the day it is a sandwich shop and at night it dresses up to a sit-down, everyday is different tasting menu of epic yet homey proportions. The restaurant’s take on home-style Italian American cuisine is racking up many food fans, both for its dinners and more so for its sandwiches (particularly the turkey sandwich and its chicken parm).
The bread it simply spectacular in every way. The crust is semi-hard and the inside soft & gooey. It tastes like bread, which is odd to say yet so really not experienced in today’s sandwich culture. The turkey itself is sliced in thick pieces, hand carved for a home-made, roasted turkey. This is not one’s sliced “turkey” from the deli. This turkey is the real deal and it is seasoned impeccably and with plenty of salt.
The turkey looks medium rare and is so moist – not a hint of dryness whatsoever. The color is light pinkish in spots and absolutely just melts in one’s mouth. This turkey may be cooked sous vide before its final roasting, which may be why it retains its pinked hue.
Accompanying this outstanding turkey is a zesty, spicy remoulade of sorts – a roasted red pepper coulis/spread. It is pinkish redish in color and brings with it a lingering spice/heat to the sandwich. To offset and balance this spice is lots of cool mayo, crunchy lettuce slices and juicy succulent tomatoes. Thinly sliced red onions and thyme bring even more flavor to this already perfect sandwich. Yes, all this praise for a turkey sandwich. It is in intoxicating, so go to Torrisi’s as soon as you can.