This bare-bones sandwich joint near the corner of Melrose and LaBrea is clear in its intentions; to bring East a palatable version of the Bay Cities “Godmother,” the best cold cut sandwich in town. It all starts with the bread: a perfectly baked Italian roll, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Throw in some fresh sliced capiccola, prosciutto di parma, Genoa salami, and ham, add sliced mortadella and provalone cheese, spicy peppers, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onions, then douse the whole thing in olive oil and balsamic vinegar and serve. Perfection.
All About the Bread’s “Godfather” pays its respects to the original, from the fresh bread baked on-site to the high-quality meats and cheeses. The result is a mighty fine Italian sandwich worthy of its name. The pastrami (“flown in from the East Coast”) also looks impressive and is a must-try for next time. The turbocharged drink station, with over 100 beverage choices, is impressive, but the chip selection sucks. (No salt-and-vinegar? Really?) At least they have Orangina.
All About the Bread, 7111 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036