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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

What to Have for Lunch Today: Spicy Calabrese from Calabria Bros.

Posted By on Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 7:30 AM

click to enlarge It's-a spicy sand-a-wich! (Okay, that pop-culture reference probably dates us.)
  • It's-a spicy sand-a-wich! (Okay, that pop-culture reference probably dates us.)
Tues., April 20, 2010

Located in the part of San Francisco that reminds us this town wasn't always boffo for sustainably raised, fennel-marinated porchetta, Calabria Bros. ― Steve Maraccini and Mike Tufo, brothers only in the "bromance" sense ― specialize in sandwiches. Real sandwiches. Ham and Swiss. Coppa and provolone on sourdough. Prosciutto and roasted peppers ... well, this is San Francisco, after all.

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For their house special hot Calabrese sandwich ($7.99), the bros layer Calabrese salami and hot coppa on a ciabatta, Dutch crunch, or sourdough roll, then amp up the spice with pepper Jack and a chile-flecked garlic spread, finishing it with a squeeze-bottle shot of vinegar. (There's a little heat to the sandwich, but on a scale of one to Thai, it's about a four.) Get your sandwich post-tech-boom style, with a can of Italian lemon soda and a bag of imported arborio rice for dinner, or just as San Franciscans have been doing since the 1970s ― with a can of Coke and a bag of chips.

Calabria Bros. 2249 17th St. (at Utah), 863-1213

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