Tuesday, June 2, 2009

welcome back, ciabatta

larosa's has re-introduced their ciabatta sandwiches for a limited time.

i was quite a fan of the turkey ciabatta, which was not resurrected. instead i settled for the deli ciabatta with capacolla ham, salami, pepperoni, provolone cheese and "ciabatta spread". previously, i remembered the spread on the ciabatta as a pasty, sun-dried tomato. all i could taste on this one was italian dressing. i have also never had provolone cheese in little oily cubes before; it was really more like feta. overall, the sandwich was fine, although not what i remembered and slightly overpowered with italian dressing.

is the ciabatta worth keeping around? the bread is unique, but the sandwich stuffing was suspiciously similar to a royal hoagy. i was excited about the reappearance initially, but now i would just be happy to get the ciabatta bread with my salad. i don't think the sandwiches add anything to the larosa's menu.


Julie said...

I was fairly excited to see these come back-- I have fond memories of them a few years ago. Sad to hear they're not quite the same (but I might still buy one just to try).

Anonymous said...

OK, I hate to admit this, but every couple of months I have to have a LaRosa's Pizza. It's a total childhood comfort food thing I guess. My Wife, who is from Louisville, hates LaRosa's. She finds their sauce to be cloyingly sweet, amongst other things. But, like Cincinnati Chili (esp Camp Washington or Empress), I have to have to have it every now and then.

Given the choice, I would rather have a wood fired Neapolitan pizza Margherita made with San Marzano tomatoes and Mozzarella di Bufala, but good old LaRosa's has its place in my rotation. I like their steak hoagy's too.

God, I feel like such a Westsider. Oh yea, I live in Covedale. I AM a Westsider!!!