When I visit Boston, I look forward to immersing myself into the culture by spending hours walking through the neigborhoods, stopping at the shops, landmarks and restaurants, conversing with the people and, of course, searching for delicious pastrami. Recently, my wanderings led me to a very special sandwich shop in the heart of the city, not far from Boston Common and the Financial District. It was the lunch hour and I walked into Sam LaGrassa’s sandwich shop. I was met by the aroma of fresh and appetizing deli meat and a menu board featuring their signature offerings. I saw at least six counter persons, enthusiastically preparing sandwiches for individuals who appeared to be regular customers. I looked around and observed many locals enjoying their favorite deli sandwiches. The energetic vibe in the restaurant clearly reflected the passion that Sam LaGrassa and his sons have for creating outstanding sandwiches.
As usual, I ordered pastrami on rye. Upon taking my first bite of the sandwich, I realized that this one was different. The pastrami was very lean and tender, but instead of being more peppery or spicy, it was sweet and flavorful. Although this preparation of pastrami departed from the mainstream, I found the sandwich to be delicious.
I look forward to my next visit to again enjoy the pastrami and to try the other signature sandwiches that have earned Sam LaGrassa’s its “World’s No. 1” ranking.
Sam LaGrassa's, 44 Province St., Boston, MA 02108, (617) 357-6861, samlagrassas.com