DiSo’s Italian Sandwich Society Makes Some Delicious Stuff, But The Wait’s Still Long…
When DiSo’s Italian Sandwich Society‘s bright red truck started parking in Midtown in June, the lines were long and the temperatures outside were HOT. On the first day of business in Midtown, Lunch’ers were commenting that the sandwiches were delicious, but wait times were up to 45 minutes with the truck running out of bread by 1:45. Since then, we’ve gone back a couple of times for a closer look…
The first time I went back after the first day, I picked a rainy day and called my order ahead of time to be picked up at 2pm. DiSo’s was kind enough to fill my order (I only ordered one sandwich), but typically if they’re really busy, they only take orders of 10 or more by phone. This not only helped with the wait, but also allowed me to choose the sandwich of my choice from their extensive menu in the comfort of my cubicle rather than outside in the rain. First up: the Joey Shakes on Foccacia!
This sandwich is an AMAZING, and I think probably the best sandwich the truck has to offer. It has everything an Italian sandwich lover wants! As someone who used to frequent Graham Avenue Meats & Deli when I was living close by, the Joey Shakes is bold enough to compete on the same level as Graham Avenue Deli’s Godfather sandwich.
I picked the Joey Shakes on Foccacia (at the time $8.50, now their menu says Focaccia half for $7.50), which added some extra flavor, as the bread itself was topped with cherry tomatoes and some rosemary and onion flakes. With meats and cheeses selected from Di Palo’s, the Joey Shakes features three different kinds of meats (proscuitto, capicola, and salami).
On top of the meats is a layer of sweet cherry peppers, which were not that spicy, and freshly shredded parmigiano reggiano. Then add a thin layer of provolone cheese. The top piece of foccacia was smothered with a glazed balsamic dressing, with the bottom layer smoothed over with an herbed ricotta spread. Somewhere in between all of this was fresh arugula. I was in complete heaven. The sandwich stayed together so well – no mess to be had here – and the fresh ingredients from DiPalo Selects really makes this sandwich shine.
The second time I went back a week later and I was in the mood for a saucy chicken parm, but unfortunately found that it’s just not the way to go at DiSo’s. I ordered a half Big Pauly ($7) which was described as “breaded chicken cutlet parmigiano” with fresh mozzarella, homemade marinara, shaved parmigiano reggiano, grilled Italian shallots, and fresh basil. This time, I ordered at the truck, and waited a solid 10 minutes to get my sandwich, which sometimes feels like an eternity when you’re starving close to 2pm. While I was waiting, the truck again ran out of bread. Granted it’s close to 2pm already, but you have to get to DiSo’s early to guarantee your top picks.
When I finally was ready to delve into my sandwich back at the office, I realized I was given a whole Big Pauly instead of a half (woo!), but the chicken was grilled and not breaded, which made for really dry chicken. There also wasn’t nearly enough marinara sauce for this parm, so between the dry chicken and the lack of marinara, the sandwich was just ultimately too dry, and not packed enough with flavor compared to the cold cut sandwiches.
DiSo’s Italian Sandwich Society knows their cold cuts and you should probably just stick to ordering anything on the menu in the Italian Combos section with heros at $11.50, half heros at $8 and foccacia halves at $7.50. The lines are long, but if you can round up coworkers and order in, that’s your best bet at beating the wait!
The + (What somebody who likes this place would say)
- These Italian sandwiches are the real deal!
- The menu is so extensive that I can keep going back for different things for probably a few months
- The ingredients are fresh from Di Palo Selects
The – (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)
- The wait is still too long
- If you’re craving a sandwich other than cold cuts, it might not be very good
- You have to go early as they tend to run out of bread by 1:30