We have seen the future, and it works. The first taste of Mike Isabella's new sandwich shop, G, has arrived, and we've tried all four of the Italian sandwiches that will be available at this week's lunchtime pop-up at Graffiato (we know; tough job). G is scheduled to open early this summer at 2201 14th Street NW. And guess what, vegetarians? The meatless sandwich was the unanimous favorite of all three of our taste-testers.
Also worth the trip to Graffiato this week: The roasted suckling pig sub ($10, left), with broccoli rabe, provolone and cherry pepper. Our testers praised the balance of ingredients, with the bitterness of the broccoli rabe playing off the succulent roast pork perfectly. Only con: It's a little greasy.
The other two sandwiches are pretty standard Italian classics, made with good ingredients. The Italian hero ($10) benefits from the addition of eggplant. And the chicken parm with Thai basil ($10) has a great sauce. But we have to ask: When will there be a sandwich that utilizes Isabella's delicious pepperoni sauce? A blogger can dream.