We had to pick up Bailey in River North after he participated in the Anti-Cruelty Society's Bark in the Park fundraising event. It was around lunch time, so we swung by J.P. Graziano's in the meatpacking district to pick up some subs.
I first learned about J.P. Graziano's in 2005, when there was some discussion of it on LTHForum. It was known as one of the more authentic sources for Italian groceries, more specifically for its meat and cheese selection. J.P. Graziano's has been around since 1937, and the store is still thriving even more today under the leadership of his grandson. More recently, the selection has expanded to include sub sandwiches with the bread supplied by D'Amato's. The meats are all handsliced in house, and the ingredients are always fresh.
I ordered the Mr. G, a house specialty made with provolone, prosciutto, salami, truffle mustard balsamic, hot oil and artichokes. It was a lovely marriage of flavors with a spicy punch.
My husband ordered the spicy sub: hot capicola, pepperoni, hot soppresatta, and provolone. This sandwich was right up his alley.
While we waited for our sandwiches to be made, we were pleasantly surprised to see our friend's parents enter the store. They were in town from Grand Rapids, MI, visiting family in the Chicagoland area. They recently launched an e-commerce site for their cookie business, Lomonaco Sicilian Cookies. I recommend you check them out. The Cucidati is my personal favorite, but all of the flavors are a wonderful accompaniment to your cup of coffee or tea.