I will concede the possibility that somewhere in time and space there has existed a better sandwich than the one I just ate.
But I have never encountered that sandwich. And I’ve just had the great pleasure of eating this one, the Donatello from the Blue Olive.
The sandwiches at the Blue Olive are described as New York style and cost $9.50.
There’s a varied menu of possible sandwiches named after famous artists. I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to bring myself to order a “Hirst”.
The staff are friendly and on taking receipt of your order (and confirming your choice of bread) a team of sandwich ninjas go to work before reverentially presenting a sandwich wrapped like an expensive gift.
The wagyu beef in the Donatello was melt in your mouth tender, the cheese was real cheese, the salad was appropriate.
A slight quibble is that the sourdough bread was a little airy, but as part of a complete sandwich it was great.
My biggest regret is that this series means I’ll need to go somewhere else for my lunch tomorrow.
(For more sub $10 lunches in Civic check the tag, if you’ve got recommendations let me know.)