44-16 30th Ave
As we all know, one of the greatest things about Hard Grubbin is simply...the excitement. Hungry, wandering the streets of Astoria in search for a solid deli sandwich, one can imagine the excitement felt when I stumbled across Sorriso's.
Walking through the front door, I heard a conversation on the other side of the shelves stacked with olive oils, peppers and other Italian delights. "Oh! How's that new kid workin out for ya." Said an obvious regular. "When my son worked here, every time he came home he stunk!" "Yeah!", replied the woman behind the counter working a large ham in one of the slicers. "I've smelled like a fried eggplant for the past 20 years, forget about it."
I knew right away that this place was the real deal.
After studying the whiteboard menu listing their hot and cold sandwich selection, I decided on the "Scarface" hero. This consisted of thinly sliced roast pork packed tight in a fresh baked hero roll with melted fontina cheese, lettuce and balsamic mayo.
It was clear I had found my new sandwich spot and I couldn't wait to go back.
A few days later, dealing with the typical rough business, a Hard Grubbin colleague and myself decided that we needed a serious sandwich situation. Sorriso's was the answer. After recalling my first experience, my colleague could hardly contain his excitement.
We walked in and were overwhelmed by all of the deliciousness surrounding us. Today, I decided on the "Philly Cheese Steak"
while my companion ordered the "King of New York" which consisted of London Broil, bacon, sharp provolone, olives, onion and oil and vinegar.
In our condition and surroundings, it is typical to fear that one has not ordered enough food. This of course was the case so we decided to order a side of "Prosciutto/Provolone Stuffed Peppers" These tiny peppers had a bit of a kick to them and were stuffed with a cube of provolone and prosciutto sliced thinner than paper.
When my cheese steak was ready, the guy behind the counter said, "I hope ya hungry pal." He wasn't joking, the sandwich was huge and this hard grubber could hardly finish it.
So, if you find yourself hungry walking the streets of Astoria, stop in at Sorriso's. It will excite you.
Next time I'm trying the Gabaghoul.