With nothing special planned for this wintry Saturday afternoon, Tom and I decided to take a drive out to the Plank Rd. location of the local Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe chain. I've always wanted to try their deli creations, especially because they are continually ranked #1 in the CT Magazine polls.
First off, the whole sandwiches are HUGE. I don't know if they make their own bread or have it sent in, but it is soft and delicious. I ordered an italian combo (pruzitini, capicola, salami, provolone) and loved every bit of it. Tom ordered the Buffalo Chicken (Bleu Cheese, L & T, Cheese, Classic Mix (diced veggies) & Hot Sauce, Olives)--the wide bread made for an excellent surface to hold the bleu cheese, therefore causing much less of a mess than usually happens when Tom orders a sandwich like this. We both grabbed chips and drinks to round out our lunch and tried like hell to finish the sandwiches but a whole really is too much--a half will definitely suffice. Our sandwiches were well-made, tasty and filling and the staff was friendly and fast--we can see why this place is loved by so many.