As a fine Italian market and delicatessen, Giolitti Deli always emphasizes fresh ingredients and authentic recipes and cuisine. Our made-to-order sandwiches are a huge hit with our customers, especially the porchetta sandwich. We make the porchetta at the restaurant during a two-day process- just as they make it in Italy! Continue reading to learn more about the process of how we make our delicious porchetta sandwich, then come on in to try one for yourself!
How To Make Porchetta
Porchetta is a savory, boneless pork roast that originated in central Italy. The preparation and cooking process takes around two days, as the meat is traditionally roasted over wood for over 8 hours. The original Italian cut of meat is the pork belly, including the pork loin. The first step is to cut off the skin as close as possible, then save it for later to wrap the porchetta as it cooks. The roast is then heavily salted and stuffed with many herbs, including rosemary, fennel, sage, thyme, salt, pepper, and garlic. Once the porchetta is cut, the spices must be rubbed into the meat to get as much flavor as possible.
Next, roll up the pork belly tightly with the skin on the outside to create a round form, then use a skewer to keep it together. The porchetta is then sewed up with a butchers thread and needle to ensure it stays tight as it cooks. An important step is to puncture the skin with a sharp knife, as the heat can cause the skin to burst and it allows the fat to come out. It is then ready for cooking!
Giolitti Deli’s porchetta sandwich is made with Italian seasoned roasted pork with melted fontina cheese, caramelized onion, and rapini (or broccoli rabe) on a crispy Italian baguette. Try it today for $7.95 for half a sandwich or $9.95 for a whole sandwich.
Giolitti Deli’s Sandwiches
We have many other sandwiches on our menu, including The Milano, made with prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, green leaf lettuce, tomato, olive oil, and kalamata olives on a crispy Italian baguette, and The Italian, made with Genoa salami, capicola, mortadella, and provolone on an Italian roll with lettuce, tomato, onion, house dressing, and hot peppers. In addition to the house favorites, we also offer the option to make your own sandwich by choosing your bread, meat, cheese, condiments, and additional items like roasted red peppers or olive mix.
Authentic Italian Cuisine From Giolitti Deli
Giolitti Deli is a full-service Delicatessen in Annapolis, MD, specializing in authentic Italian cuisine. Founded in 1992, we use the freshest ingredients to make time-honed recipes from scratch, with no MSG or preservatives. We believe in real food and offer many healthy options, including vegetarian and vegan menu items. At Giolitti Deli, we make our own sauces, mozzarella, grilled and roasted vegetables, bread, pizza dough, and desserts, and our sandwiches, salads, pasta, pizza, and entrees are made to order. Owner Mary Giolitti has combined her passion for great food and fine wine to offer Annapolis a true taste of Italy!
Team members who also make the business possible include Manager Kathy Hunter, Manager and Catering Director Cheryl Molesky, Head Baker Porfirio Diaz, Chef Alfredo Escobar, and Deli Manager Noe Merino. To contact us, please visit our contact page or give us a call at 410.266.8600. Also, be sure to keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and our blog!