I will now review a place that is technically a grocery store and not a restaurant. However, they do have a few tables and can make you a sandwich.
I went to Roma Bakery (an Italian store, cafe, and bakery located on Cedar Street in Lansing) Thursday for lunch and shopping. They have packaged goods along with a wide arrangement of pastries, meats, cheeses and pasta salads. The only bad thing I can say about this place is that the prices are so high. I spend around $150 for stuff that I could get at a rival store for $100. However, it is worth it to me to by from mom and pop shops rather than big boxed food stores, and this place is as mom and pop as it gets. The groceries are secondary for the purpose of this blog. The food here is excellent. I normally order a Tuscan Delight Sub. It comes on a small sub with a little bit of prosciutto, provolone, lettuce, tomato, and olive oil. I will do a whole post on the benefits of olive oil later. There is just enough on this sandwich, not too much and not too stuffed. Then I get a bottle of San Pellegrino (an Italian sparkling water) and a Limonata (carbonated lemon juice, also made by San Pellegrino). Then I have an espresso and biscotti. The sandwich is really good. It has a perfect meat to bun to cheese ratio and the olive oil does not make it greasy. They give you a bag of deli chips which quite frankly sucks because it is so greasy, but I don’t think it takes away from the experience of the meal. The espresso is quite good and has a body. When I order cappuccino there the drink has just the right amount of coffee to foam ratio. Then there is the biscotti. Their pastries are so well executed that I have not tasted anything as good anywhere else. The biscotti I get is not like the normal crunchy stick like cookie that needs to be moistened by the coffee before consumed. This one is a flatter, same length cookie that is made soft with a buttery crust. It is so flaky and soft that you do not need to dunk it only to savor it. I like to come here with friends because it is a great atmosphere in which to play Scopa (an Italian card game, and one of my favorite card games ever) with my friends. The staff is really friendly and knowledgeable and when the music is playing it is not too loud and the music is appropriate for the type of place. I give this place a 4/5 stars and would definitely recommend it to a friend.