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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Sonny's Italian Deli (Limerick) - Cheesesteak

Appears a 8" Italian "mini" steak roll, stuffed with sliced strips of ribeye and layered with fried onions. The cheese is hidden from this angle but upon inspection, the layers start near the middle of the sandwich and pool on the bottom of the bread. - 3.5

The roll is from the South Philly iconic bakery within the 9th Street Italian Market, Sarcone's. I actually opted to go with the mini roll this time because the regular sized one has seeds on it. I dig the seeds on a hoagie but not-so-much on a cheesesteak. This roll has a firm, crusty, outer shell and it gets spongier towards the center of the roll, much like a loaf of crusty French bread. It keeps the steak juice, oils, & cheese contained nicely intact during the duration of the meal. Great stuff & a pleasure to be able to get this roll in the 'burbs. - 4.5

The meat is sliced into medium sized strips and piled within the confides of the crusty roll. It's cooked & seasoned just right with an ever so slight spicing of black pepper shining through the lightly cooked, tender, and juicy steak strips. When I went, it wasn't during prime lunch hour, so the grille flap was actually down. I don't believe that "mass production" comes during any part of this shop's business. Micro produced with care and done correctly. - 4.5

The cheese seems alright in this one. Perhaps a bit more mixing amongst the meat and onions would've made it better but the majority of the cheese is pooled on the bottom of the sandwich. There's a little towards the middle that shows me this wasn't really a "slap & flip", carefree way of getting the cheese on there. Certainly not the careless debauchery that goes on at Pat's Steaks in South Philly where they not only don't bother to place the cheese, or roll on the meat while it's still on the grill; the cheese actually stays un-melted. Anyway, like I said, the cheese was ok in this sandwich but could be executed a bit better. - 3

Overall, I enjoyed this one. The fresh steak & Sarcone's roll are the highlights here. The owners represent true South Philly style when it comes to sandwiches. Check this place out. - 4

Total Score: 3.9/5

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