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Midday Mafia: Fossati's Delicatessen earns its status

March 27, 2013 at 2:03 p.m.
Updated March 26, 2013 at 10:27 p.m.


What makes the Frank Napoleon?

The sandwich is named after the man who opened Fossati's Delicatessen and is stacked high with ham, turkey, cheddar and provolone cheeses, lettuce, tomatoes, and smothered with mayo and served on a French bread.

Editor's note: The Midday Mafia is made up of five locals who wish to remain anonymous at the moment. Names have been changed to protect the guilty and are as follows: The Don, Two Taps, Walnuts, Jack the Knife and Jimmy Three Cheese. The Midday Mafia will run every other Thursday in Get Out.

The boys were downtown, collecting a little protection change from some locals when we decided to stroll into a made man's spot, Fossati's Delicatessen. This place was a haunt long before our current group of wise guys even existed and was opened in 1882 in Victoria.

The Mafia received our customary and expected respectful nods as we eased back to the Frank Napoleon room for a little privacy. We were soon joined by another group of lowlifes - a bunch of local lawyers - searching for the same thing, but we managed to talk over them and ruin their lunch. Fossati's was never intended to be trendy or fitting for a business lunch. After all, the bar up front has a trough meant to receive tobacco spit and set up to be flushed outside with a bucket of water. This is a perfect joint for the Mafia; it is not a hoity-toity spot for Biff and Ty to be hanging out.

Jimmy Three Cheese ordered a Frank Napoleon sandwich, stacked with several meats, cheeses and lettuce on a fresh roll. Cheese ordered it hot, and the staff graciously pressed it and served it warm. This treat came with homemade chips and a pickle, things that make Fossati's a deli.

Two Taps had a turkey offering that no doubt had some bean sprouts on it. He gobbled that down while detailing his latest workout routine, much to the chagrin of Walnuts.

Walnuts ordered the pita club, which I must admit was amazing. Four big sandwich wedges on pita bread says "epic" and "traditional" like very few combinations can achieve.

I had a chicken salad melt. It was made with provolone cheese and a fine portion of chicken salad on toasted bread, which was perfect, as expected.

The only trouble was Fossati's does not offer a hamburger. We thought Jack the Knife was going to spin in, but he had a Frank Napoleon and was quite pleased. He ordered dessert for the group after lunch - a hot, chocolate brownie with a generous scoop of ice cream on top. Well played, Jack. Everybody left fat and happy.

The Midday Mafia recommends this old, established Victoria locale for all the right reasons: great food, fair prices and a wonderful staff. Don't forget to check out the trough by the bar on your way out.

Until next time, forget about it!

Want to join the Mafia when they hit another local eatery? Email them at middaymafia@gmail.com.

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