Park and Sixth and Mortadella – Marley’s Mile Square Mangia
Mortadella is the most underrated cold cut in America and it is oh. so. good. It is sort of like the fat kid in the Italian cured meats (salume) family. Often confused with baloney, it is a hefty roll of pork sausage incorporating small cubes of pork fat, a variety of distinctive spices, and sometimes pistachios or olives. It has a wonderful peppery nutmeg flavor, which when sliced thinly, is a true asset to fresh mozzarella.
Well, today I was STARVING. My stomach was teased by the stupid little Pepperidge Farm cinnamon raisin swirl toasts I had for breakfast. I wanted mortadella and I knew where to go to find it…
Park & Sixth Comfort Food.
Park & Sixth is located on the corner of Park and 6th Street in Hoboken. Clever, right? There is also one in Jersey City. It was referred to me by a coworker a little over a year ago and I have been returning ever since. They make some of the best Italian-inspired sandwiches in New Jersey…cured meats, fresh mozz., and balsamic glaze. Call em’ “sangwiches” if you’re Jersey proud.
Park & Sixth displays an entire wall of ”sangy” choices, offering “Signature Sandwiches”, “Healthy Comforts”, and basic combos on the menu. The signatures have names like “Buffalo Soldier”, “Joe The Plumber” and “Bat Out Of Hell”. So, your boyfriend will feel manly ordering. A “half” sandwich feeds one very hungry person. I have tried countless times to save my half of a “half” for the next day. This goal has not once come to fruition. I usually get the “Garden” sandwich here…an impeccable combination of grilled zucchini, portabella, asparagus, broccoli rabe, roasted red peppers, and sinful smoked gruyère. I also recommend the “Eli Manning”, with its house roast beef and seducing roasted garlic creamy horseradish sauce. However, today I was irritable and starving and craving my mortadella.
Here she is folks (after I ate the other half). I had her with a generous helping of fresh mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, and some balsamic glaze. Perfection.
Listen, if you live anywhere near Jersey City or Hoboken, I urge you to check out Park & Sixth Comfort Food. They recently refurbished the place and it looks even more delicious, with a larger assortment of side salads, meats, and pre-prepared nibbles. The guys behind the counter are super cool, friendly, and know how to put together a superior sandwich. No tables here, so be ready to take your prize back to your own kitchen table and devour it in peace like a bear in a cave. If you are just too far, go to your nearest Italian deli and ask for mortadella! Eat it simply on a sub or pair with some fresh mozz. That is your homework!
Park & Sixth Comfort Food website: http://www.parkandsixth.com/
This is Marley Lynch’s First column for TheBoken. Marley Lynch is a Hoboken resident, PSU alum, web writer, and self proclaimed “Jersey foodie”. She enjoys long walks to find fresh mozzarella, Italian BYOBs, and cooking pasta. She believes most of New Jersey’s quintessential eats can be found right here in Hoboken! From brick oven pizza to sassy Cuban cuisine to sinful, salty taylor ham…Hoboken knows how to serve up the best the Garden State has to offer. Check out more of Marley’s NJ inspired writing at her blog, www.jerseyfoodblog.wordpress.com. Also visit her website at www.marleylynch.com. Now mangia!