A few weeks ago, I came home and had this waiting for me on the dining table, courtesy of Eugenia and Linh-Nam. I’ve been wanting to try what is arguably the most popular sandwich in LA (The Godmother), but have heard horror stories regarding the wait. Sure, you can order online, but I’m not going to fight a crowd to enter. Not for a sandwich. And certainly not this sandwich.
A lot of people in LA have claimed that The Godmother is the best sandwich in town. Imagine the sandwich as an all-star team of Italian ingredients: genoa salami, mortadella, coppacola, ham, prosciutto, provolone. But like the case with all-star games, putting these stars together doesn’t necessarily mean that the game itself will be good. It was a good sandwich, but it just feels like every ingredient is fighting for attention. And as great as getting it with the works sounded, after an hour or so on the dining table, and all the condiments weighed down the sandwich and made it a bit soggy.
Still, there is no denying that there is a joy in eating such a behemoth of a sandwich. The bread is amazing, and each bite had every ingredient and condiment stacked on top of one another. A salty and sour bite at that, but really, quite delicious. But in the end, it’s just putting a bunch of things together. Not much to it. At least not worth going out of my way for. But I’ll be happy every time The Godmother shows up on the dining table.
Chris Hei grade: B
Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery
1517 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401