Do You Knowa the Balboa?

Sandwich Worship

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Credit Gregg Vigliotti for The New York TimesScreen Shot 2016-03-09 at 4.38.34 PMScreen Shot 2016-03-09 at 4.33.53 PM

“Who doesn’t like a Balboa?” Anthony Russo asked on the phone.

His question was rhetorical.

“Beef, cheese and garlic dressing on big old Italian bread” — he sounded so enthusiastic that I wanted to hoverboard right over. “Everybody likes a Balboa — except for vegetarians.”

Mr. Russo was speaking from Russo’s Delicatessen in Ardsley, where Balboa sales, not surprisingly, are “really good.” Read on here.

Balboa research on the google made me wonder about Rocky Balboa. Then I read on in the Times. That’s funny, I am not alone in my conjecture.

The bread specified is the Bastone. Do you know the Bastone? Again, I’m in the dark. What gives?! Here is a Bastone – seeded and not – also known as Old World Italian.

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Here is Ardsley, about 20 miles north of Manhattan. Would make a terrific lunch encounter for those of you in New York. Or for those of us en route to New England…Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 4.40.03 PM

Thank you Neal Becton, dedicated sandwich man, of Som Records for the sandwich sleuthing. The Balboa is new to me and warrants a safari.

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