"The roast pork is a classic South Philly sandwich," Dave Fedoroff of Fedoroff's Roast Pork tells me of the signature sandwich at his new Williamsburg shop. "I always tell people it's like a Thanksgiving leftover sandwich; this is the Italian holiday leftover sandwich. For an Italian holiday dinner you might have a pork roast and maybe an antipasti consisting of hard seeded bread and cheeses like sharp provolone and garlicky broccoli rabe and hot peppers. You throw it all together and you have the Philly Italian Roast Pork Sandwich."
Last weekend, Fedoroff and his wife Stella opened the first brick-and-mortar location of their popular sandwich stand, which has been filling bellies at Clearview Festivals NYC street fairs and, since summer 2015, at Smorgasburg. The duo are originally from Philadelphia, moving to NYC four years ago and eventually deciding to bring the City of Brotherly Love's cherished sandwiches, including a classic cheesesteak, to the city.
At their new shop—to call it a restaurant would be misleading, as there aren't any seats, just some counters for leaning—they're doing the roast pork sandwiches and cheesesteaks that gained them their initial following. But they've also added a Classic Italian Hoagie with sharp provolone cheese, soppressata, capicola, prosciutto, lettuce, tomato, onion, olive oil and vinegar on a seeded roll and a forthcoming "Sunday Gravy" option.
"Think of a meatball sandwich but with the Sunday Gravy it'd be not just meatballs simmering in tomato sauce for hours and hours, but pork chops on the bone and sausage," Dave explains. The meats will be topped with provolone and parmesan cheeses and served on a seeded Italian roll.
"Every kid had Herr's in their lunchbox," Dave says of their potato chip options. "They're a classic Philly chip." The chips can be part of a combo ($14) with a sandwich and a soda (sandwiches alone are $12). There's no beer and wine yet, but the couple are hoping to have a license eventually.
And yes, that's Goodfellas on the TV. Always. Dave saw it playing on the TV one day at The Rusty Knot and thought it would be funny to have the film on loop at his place.
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