that we ate a meal in Lodi (CA). We’ve been here for almost two weeks and have yet to venture into this mid-size town (around 60,000) for a meal. So for our first, we decided to return to a sandwich shop we visited on one of our earlier visits and one that we both really enjoyed—Fiori’s Deli.
There is a refrigerator case (not photographed) containing fresh, smoked, and cured meats along with a large selection of cheeses.
There is a wall devoted to the sale of local wines.
And there are displays of Fiori’s house seasoning—a mix of salt, pepper, garlic, onion, and celery.
By design, we tend to arrive at restaurants between the lunch and dinner rushes, and this was no exception. Well, one exception. Fiori’s closes at 5:00 p.m., so there is not much of a dinner rush.
You place your order at the counter so the savvy diner will have reviewed the extensive on-line menu beforehand so as to not look like a rank amateur before ordering.
Chuck’s selection was the Cranberry Express with turkey, cranberry sauce, cream cheese, romaine, and tomatoes—except that he asked that the tomato be omitted. From the choices of breads—Dutch crunch, Genova rolls, soft French rolls, croissants, marbled rye, sliced sourdough, and sliced wheat—he chose the sourdough.
I ordered the Ianni Pastrami made with house-made pastrami, Bruno’s peppers, tomato, sprouts, Italian vinaigrette, mustard, and Fiori’s seasoning. While the sandwich normally comes on the Dutch crunch bread, I was able to substitute the marble rye.
If I were to do it again, I would omit the Italian vinaigrette. It was too sharp and there was too much. At times it was the predominant flavor, and by the end of my lunch the rye had gotten somewhat soggy.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.