My friend S, who comes from an Italian family here in Calgary suggested that Ben and I should try a place in the Kensington neighbourhood that specializes in Italian sandwiches. The place she was talking about is Peppino.
Along with doing a wide range of Italian style sandwiches, Peppino also does catering and has a little market in the inside where you can buy Italian coffee beans, cookies, tomato sauce etc. It’s a really cute little place where you can shop and dine.
Upon entering you go through the dining area and past the shelves and you order at the counter and pay. The menu is right behind the counter where they list all sandwiches they make. Upon inspection, I figured it would only be right to order the Classic and Hot Italian Meat Ball sandwiches.
The Classic sandwich ($7.50) at Peppino consists of mild genoa salami, mortadella, house dressing, lettuce and cheese in a white baguette. This sandwich was pretty good, the spiciness of the salami worked really well with the freshness of the lettuce and cheese. The only thing that I wished they had was a more crustier baguette. Ben happened to like the pillowy softness of their baguette. They also offer a whole wheat version of the baguette too.
The second sandwich we ordered was the Hot Italian Meatball ($7.75) sandwich. This basically consists of spicy meatballs, tomato sauce and parmigiano cheese on a white baguette. Compared this sandwich to the previous Classic, I would say the Classic is a much tastier sandwich. The meatball was spicy, the sauce was a little bland and the cheese was a little lacklustre.
Ben and I both got a Latte for $3.25 each, the Latte was in a large mug and was quite strong and had a distinct taste that I can’t put my finger on…. but it was alright.
Overall, I think Peppino is a great spot for quick bite to eat especially in Kensington neighbourhood. The price and the quick service is a great reason to check this place out if you’re in the area. They have a pretty large selection of sandwiches to choose from and you can either dine in or take-out. Personally, I wished they had a crustier baguette but for those who aren’t so specific about your buns as I am, I would highly suggest you check this out.