Dish: Roasted Herb Chicken Focaccia Sandwich
Venue: Wholly Cannoli
Price Tag: $6.75
Every time this sandwich is banished from the earth by my own hand (feeding my own mouth), I heartily sniff the plastic container it came in before discarding it. In the car on the way to Wholly Cannoli on my most recent visit, I excitedly told my friend I was getting my favorite sandwich. He asked what was on it, and my mind went blank: “I don’t even remember. It’s just so good.”
And that is the nirvana for which every sandwich and every dish in general should strive. A combination of elements that blend together into such a heavenly result that your brain doesn’t even register the individual ingredients; it goes beyond language and just registers pleasure.
According to their website, the ingredients I’ve been shoveling in my mouth every few weeks are roasted chicken with Italian herbs, pesto mayo, sundried tomatoes, red onions, fresh mozzarella and balsamic vinaigrette piled between two thick slices of thick, olive oily, more Italian herb-y, crunchy-crusted focaccia bread. As the photo accurately portrays, the gooey contents of this sandwich are eager to escape so you will need napkins nearby. It’s creamy, savory and salty in just the right proportions. The sign outside reading “Worcester’s Best Focaccia” does not lie.
In case you were wondering, Wholly Cannoli is also a purveyor of nearly 50 different varieties of cannolis as well as many other Italian sweets, which create a pretty breathtaking dessert display. This is undoubtedly the reason most customers come by, and rightfully so, because they are good cannolis. And that’s all fine with me, and I thank them for that, but this sandwich is something for which I could never thank them enough.
Jen Cantin recently graduated from Clark University in Worcester, Mass. with a degree in English and Journalism. She shares other (a)musings at Deep Fried Epiphany and obviously dedicates this post to this sandwich, light of her life.