Wednesday, June 19, 2013

First Date(s) Pirolo's Panino (South Beach)

Chef Mike Pirolo's announcement about the opening of a new sandwich shop inside Macchialina made my toes tingle.  Miami and South Beach in particular have been devoid of a legitimate spot to grab a kick ass sandwich since Johnny V's Kitchen closed down several years ago.  Yes, I'm a La Sandwicherie fan too but Pirolo's is serving big boy sandwiches prepared by an outstanding chef.

Pirolo's Panino is technically being called a pop-up but I anticipate this becoming a mainstay given the quality of the product and the enthusiastic response by locals.

If you haven't been yet, I highly recommend paying Mike a visit.  He put a lot of passion and love into these sandwiches and it shows.  They are open Tuesday-Saturday from noon - three.  They also provide delivery from 1st to 41st street.

Below are some of the sandwiches I annihilated.

The Banh Mi (lano) features awesome house made testa, mortadella and Asian pickles.

Easily the best lobster roll I've had in Miami. It is loaded with fresh Maine lobster, a slight amount of mayo and served on a buttered roll.  The housemade potato chips are a nice touch.

A big, sloppy, messy and tasty as hell beauty! The roast pork is prepared Philly style with garlic, broccoli raab, fontina and Calabrese chiles.

I love Mike's meatballs and I love his sauce.  Thus, I knew his meatball parm was going to be a huge hit and it's on the money.

On a side note, the bread they are using is perfect.  It has a nice crispy exterior along with a chewy interior.

House made "pickles."

Other choices include The Godfather, sopressata, caipiccolo, picked eggplant and shaved onions.  Clipse, roast beef, tomato, horseradish creme fraiche and crispy shallots.  Jive Turkey, house roasted turkey breast, lettuce, tomato and dijonaise.

Address: 820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone:(305) 534-2124

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