April 7, 2007
Cuisine: Sandwiches, Italian
Reading Terminal Market, 12th & Filbert
Roast Pork Sandwich with Greens and Provolone ($6.75)
The Astronomer and I woke up extra early on Saturday morning (before noon!) to guarantee a Roast Pork Sandwich at DiNic’s. The last time we were here they ran out of their most popular sandwich, so we had to take special precautions this time around.
A plain sandwich is priced at $5.50, but we requested provolone cheese and “greens” for $1.25 extra. The bread was as good as I remembered; sturdy yet giving, like all good Italian bread. The cheese was intensely fragrant and flavorful. I love DiNic’s provolone because it tastes nothing like the supermarket provolone commonly dished out. The garlicky sautéed greens added some much needed color and meshed well with the other contents in the sandwich. The Astronomer was hesitant about the greens at first, but found them surprisingly appealing. Everything about the sandwich was top-notch except for the roast pork. I found the meat bland and kind of dry, which was such a let down after great experiences with DiNic’s roast beef and brisket sandwiches. Even the drippings drizzled atop the sandwich didn’t save the day.
However, in The Astronomer’s opinion, the day did not need to be saved. Despite being noticeably inferior to the roast beef sandwich enjoyed earlier, he still found the roast pork sandwich to be delicious, and would order it again if they happened to be out of roast beef.