Sandwich Search: Lucky’s Puccias

In Dinner, Food Cart, Jasmin Sun, Lunch, Restaurant Review, Sandwich Search on November 7, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Puccia Vegetariana. Photo and Editing by Jasmin Sun

Somehow unbeknownst to us, we here at Austin Eat Cetera have embarked on a search of sorts for the city’s best sandwich.  After we realized the majority of our posts focused on the multi-layered things, we decided to dedicate a new tag for use in our hunt for Austin’s tastiest sandwich.  In a city where healthy meets delicious more often than not, we figured it was a worthwhile undertaking.

The newest addition to our must-try roster?  Lucky’s Puccias.

Heavenly and Delicious indeed. Photo by Jasmin Sun

First, I must ask you, what is the most important part of a sandwich?  The insides–the meat, lettuce, tomato and cheese?  No.  The spreads or sauces?  Certainly you realize that’s a silly answer.  The crux of an balanced portable meal such as the sandwich is the bread.  It is what makes or breaks the sandwich.  Think back on the times when you had a sandwich with slightly stale bread, boring bread or–gasp–a lettuce wrap.  I’ll bet you this blog’s earnings that each of those layered meals were not nearly as satisfying as just one bite of a sandwich with fresh-baked bread.

Now that you’re sick of reading the word “bread,” let me introduce you to puccia bread.  More specifically, Lucky’s puccia bread.  Picture in your mind’s eye, if you will, a perfect pizza crust–you know what I’m talking about, the kind that’s soft and chewy on the inside, satisfyingly crispy on the outside.  Now imagine that delicious crust formed into individually sized rounds, ideal for cutting into two layers and serving with stacks of organic, gourmet ingredients piled in between.  Voilà (is there an Italian equivalent?)!  You’ve got yourself a puccia sandwich, Lucky Sibilla-style.

Menu at Lucky's Puccias. Photo by Jasmin Sun

The eponymous Lucky’s Puccia had me at first bite.  As of last Friday night, I decided that all great sandwiches should aim to taste like this puccia.  Piled high with fresh prosciutto, arugula, ripe tomato, a sprinkling of basil oil, and–I swear–the most ideally sized slice of juicy mozzarella.  Not too thick or thin, the amount of cheese perfectly complimented the rest of the ingredients in the puccia.  Oh, and did I mention that the entire thing was warm because of the freshly baked, wood-fired bread that was made inside the trailer?  Yes, yes it was.

The Puccia Vegetariana did not disappoint either.  It was quite a delicious veggie sandwich–and that’s saying a lot, seeing that I’m not vegetarian, and I had just polished off my half of the Lucky’s Puccia at that point–but it certainly did not hit the spot as well as the first.  Lined with a generous spread of homemade artichoke pesto, this puccia was piled high with organic avocado, onion, fresh mixed greens, tomatoes and a slice of fontina cheese.  But to be fair, I am biased because I do adore meat quite a bit; for all intents and purposes, it should just be assumed that this puccia is equally as fantastic as the first–for vegetarians, that is.

Dinner and a Show at Lucky's Puccias. Photo by Jasmin Sun

I find myself developing an strong adoration for Lucky and his puccias, so much so that I think I’ll be paying him a visit sometime this week…and the next, and the next.  I do hope that he does not grow tired of feeding my insatiable puccia-eating stomach (soon-to-be pooch?).

Grade: A

Lucky’s Puccias
817 W. 5th Street (W. 5th @ Bowie)
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 739-8785

M-W 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Th 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., F-Sat 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., Sun 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Posted by Jasmin Sun


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