A good, from-scratch sandwich really can be hard to find. Blink and you’ll miss Peppe Cucina, an Italian deli hidden in a renovated 1850-built Italianate between Pike and Seventh streets in Covington. When you see the imported Italian pizza oven in the window, you’ve found it: a new contender for best sandwiches in town.
Like any proper deli in the boroughs, there’s a pastrami Reuben on rye and an Italian combo on the menu, but you can’t order wrong here. Each sandwich comes with a side, such as pasta, soup, caprese salad, or—our favorite—the crunchy, sweet-and-slightly-sour broccoli salad. The creamy mushroom soup was a pleasant surprise: buttery, silky, and even better with toasted wedges of the addictive house ciabatta, also sold by the loaf to take home. There’s also a daily selection of freshly made pastas and sauces; thick-crusted, Sicilian-style pizzas sold by the slice; and a bakery case packed with cannoli, cheesecake, and macarons.
With only six tables in the dining room, carryout is your best bet. Expect to wait a little longer as the small, friendly staff takes the time to hand-slice the meats and cheeses. It’s worth every second, and it’s exactly the kind of attention to detail that makes Peppe Cucina the latest place to find a good (and we mean really good) sandwich.
Peppe Cucina, 39 W. Pike St., Covington, (859) 360-0045