Satisfied, I went for the $7 griddled mortadella sandwich: mortadella griddled on the flattop, with provolone cheese, greens, Mama Lil's red pickled peppers, and a mustard aioli inside a ciabatta roll.
|Griddled Mortadella Sandwich
I'm not exactly sold on the mustard aioli. I thought it really just got lost in the shuffle with all those other big flavors. If it were me, I woulda just thrown sriracha in there for added flavor and spice.
I must say that the biggest turn-off of the entire meal was the grease emanating from the sandwich. Looking at the bottom of the to-go box, a pool of unappetizing oil -- both from the cooked mortadella and from the pickled peppers -- had collected, saturating the bottom of my ciabatta roll. Yes, I know it's "Lardo"...fat and grease are basically synonymous with this food cart. But still, that was just bloody ridiculous. There's a fine line between having fat work for you (like how you can use fat to your advantage in a slow-cooking process) and having fat just make people want to vomit (grease collecting on your plate).
Lardo has a nice menu, and trust me, it's a tasty griddled mortadella sandwich, but all that excess grease will probably prevent me from really being a regular customer. It gets a good score for the flavorful sandwich, though. 6/10