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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Italian charsiu at Mix Cafe

"He's invented Italian charsiu, down to the color!" my editor tells me one day. He's just had Bruno Iezzi's beet, sausage, gorgonzola and apple sandwich ($9) at Mix Cafe. Frankly, the idea of "Italian charsiu" sounds a bit gross, but I try it. The beets and apple give the sandwich a sweetness (and crunch) while the Italian sausage gives it porkiness. Sweet + pork + red, I guess that does sort of equal Italian charsiu. Even the crisp, thin ciabatta is made with a bit of beet juice, giving it a pinkish tinge. The gorgonzola keeps it balanced; altogether, it's quite a fun, tasty sandwich.

One tip: I always find the salad accompanying Mix Cafe's sandwich to be somewhat sad—a tiny heap of flavorless Costco salad greens with a ramekin of oil and vinegar that refuses to mix, leaving my greens oil-slicked. Stuff the salad into the sandwich—instant improvement.

1025 Alakea St., 532-4540

Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 in Permalink

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Food editor Martha Cheng graduated from Wellesley College with degrees in Computer Science and English. She's a former line cook, food truck owner, Peace Corps volunteer and Google techie. Follow her on Twitter @marthacheng.



 

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