Mike Madriaga 3 p.m., June 22
Sausage alert on India Street!
Jerry, the cook who’s just as much an institution as Pete of Pete’s Quality Meats (1742-1/2 India Street, Little Italy, 619-234-1684), the place that’s famous for the sausages which Pete has always made right here on the spot, is getting a break for the first time in a long time.
Pete’s is closing for renovation...
...or so the sign says.
So the rest of us are gonna have to hold our breaths. Till sometime in 2013.
And we’ve all got to pray they mean it. The Italian sausage sandwich , eggplant sandwich, and steak and sausage sandwich from this li’l butcher’s shop that grew are all to die for.
I have one more prayer for when they come back: could we perlease have the spitini back? Jerry said the dang thing was just too much trouble when he gave up making it about a year ago.
Spitini? It’s one of those specialties that kinda invade your dreams at night.
They call spitini a Sunday hot dish back in Porticello, Sicily, where Pete came from. Basically we're talking stuffed veal. Like, veal rolled around two cheeses, onions, tomatoes, pine nuts, currants, parsley, prosciutto, breadcrumbs. Plus more sautéed onions and green peppers snuggling up to it, all in a bun.
You’re talking hot dogs? This dog is sizzlin’.
So, maybe if we started a petition, pasted it on Pete’s window, Jerry would take pity.
In the meantime, whatever, San Diego says to Pete’s “Come ba-ack! We’re waiting out here, tongues hanging out!”
Uh, do we have to re-Pete ourselves?
Not everybody's noticing...