A new Italian sandwich shop has opened inside Brick Grocery on Egg Harbor Road, Washington Township!
After receiving many messages from readers about how amazing the Brick Grocery sandwiches are, I had to check-in with owners Nick and Brett to see and taste what the guys are making!
And as I expected, the readers where right on this one! A Brick Grocery sandwich is a large premium ingredient sandwich, using high-quality Rovagnati meats and beautifully prepared on South Philly Sarcone’s Bakery rolls!
The meat for each sandwich is individually sliced, so while it’s preferred to order in advance I popped in unannounced and watched the guys create three sandwiches for me. It also gave me a chance to chat with them about what’s happening at Brick Grocery a year after their Grand Opening.
Seeing them get made, these are easily one of the best looking and highest quality sandwiches I’ve seen in the area. The guys thought about every ingredient of what goes into the sandwich, to make sure it was the highest quality ingredients!
Then each sandwich is prepared beautifully like it was going to be featured on a television news segment!
I couldn’t wait to get them home and try them all.
Brick Grocery is located at 288 Egg Harbor Road, Washington Township. This is the “Rita’s Water Ice” shopping center.
Read on for more details of what I ordered. Any one of these three are awesome to try for your first Brick sandwich or better yet do what I did… get all three!
And don’t forget, for the holiday season Brick Grocery is an awesome place to pick up items for your holiday party or even gifts for family, friends or attending house parties!
You still have time to stop in at Brick Grocery and order baked sweets from Frangelli’s Bakery and Two Sweet Boutique, including; trays of cannoli, frannoli, and mini donuts. They even have a creme puff tower and yule log!
And of course hoagie trays with sides are available… antipasto, spinach or caprese salad, and marinated veggie tray.
A clever idea for last minute gifts in the front store is they have beautiful gift boxes available at the store entrance. You can create your own one-of-a-kind last minute gift from from their selection of gourmet specialty products!
This week the Brick Grocery hours heading up to Christmas are open Sunday until 2pm, closed Monday, and then open Tuesday through through Christmas Eve. Wed-Saturday hours run until 6pm.
The Brick Grocery Sandwich Shop
We covered the opening of the Italian Gourmet specialties store’s Grand Opening back in October of 2021. The store features gourmet olive oils, vinegars, spices, cheeses, Italian deli meats, imported chocolates and desserts, fresh pasta and more!
The owners Brett and Nick are cousins who both live right in Washington Township!
I’ll refresh readers on the store products, but I wanted to jump into the sandwiches.
I took home three Brick Grocery Sandwiches; Porchetta, Italian and the Fig Caprese.
Right now they are offering 8 different varieties which also included roast beef, veggie, ham & turkey and 3 varieties of Italian. They are planning on adding more, including chicken cutlet sandwiches.
My choices were actually a recommendation from Nick and they were great suggestions. It gave me a chance to explore a variety of flavor profiles… from spicy to sweet!
The very first sandwich that Nick made was the Porchetta and it was just a monster of a sandwich, loaded up with meat.
When he finished making it he moved it out of the way and unknowingly rested it on the scale… it weight almost 2 pounds.
They are priced at $14 which is a great price considering these are large sandwiches with truly premium ingredients!
After they finished up the three sandwiches, Nick suggested a couple Italian sodas and some chips to round out the meal… and then I wondered how the family and I were going to eat all of this food!
Good thing I bumped into neighbor Rocco as I pulled into the driveway. It was an easy sales pitch to get him to volunteer to help with the sandwiches. With a name like Rocco, he has to know a good Italian sandwich right? His review says it all, “These are banging! Where did you get these?” ha!
Rocco’s Review is…
They were really good and authentic. Good meat to bread ratio, and the meat was fluffed and not laid which allows air to get in between the layers and you taste with your nose too.Rocco, Mark’s Neighbor (who has volunteered to be a 42Freeway taste-tester any time!)
As mentioned they only use South Philly Sarcone’s rolls for their sandwiches. The rolls are also available to purchase separately.
While Nick was making the Porchetta, he showed me the Rovagnati ham that they use. This is not the processed into a round tube meat… no, this is the real deal premium ham.
The Porchetta features sliced porchetta, sharp provolone, sautéed spinach and is topped with Calabrian pepper spread.
Is it possible for sliced sandwich meat to melt in your mouth? Because I swear that’s what happened. So incredibly tender and delicous!
The Porchetta is the spicier of the three sandwiches I tried, as it featured the pepper spread.
Everything on the sandwich was a perfect balance of high quality ingredients and flavors.
And when you hear conversations on the best hoagie or cheesesteak many will say “it’s all about the bread”. Well using Sarcone’s roll was a smart choice. It literally makes a great sandwich… amazing.
Next up I tried the Italian.
By the way, Brick Grocery offers a variety of Italian sandwiches; Spicy Italian, Old World Italian, and the classic Italian.
The Italian is Prosciutto Di Parma, Hot Cappocolo, Milano Salame, and mild provolone.
Of course I want with lettuce, tomato and onion on the Italian. It’s the only way, right?
What Nick made for me is literally a piece of art. I swear if there were an Art Gallery on 9th Street at the Italian Market, they could have a Brick Italian sandwich on display and people would just hover around it.. admiring it!
This is basically a perfect Italian sandwich. What more can I say?!
The Fig Caprese
The guys suggested three different sandwiches for me to try, and I see their logic in the choices.
The Porchetta had a spicy profile with the Calabrian pepper spread. The Italian was delicious but neither spicy nor sweet.
And the Fig Caprese with fig spread and mozzarella cheese leaned on the other side of the flavor spectrum with a sweeter taste.
And all three were incredibly delicious.
The Fig Caprese features Prosciutto di Parma, Mozzarella, Arugula, Tomato and Fig Spread.
This one surprised me the most! The prosciutto is absolutely amazing as you would expect… but the mozzarella and fig spread makes for a really smart, delicious and sweeter combination!
I don’t even think it’s fair for me to pick just one.. I know I will be eating all three of these sandwiches again, and soon.
But after we tried each of the three sandwiches, the one I went back to first was the Porchetta.
Something is extra delicious about that pork, and I love the subtle spiciness from the pepper spread!
The Brick Grocery Store
The store is in the front and includes all the top Italian Gourmet specialties; olive oils, vinegars and seasonings are in the front, and back section is the refrigerated products such as pasta and Italian meats.
And for the holiday season they have beautiful gift boxes available so you can walk the store and make an amazing gift for friends or family.
They carry a wide variety of brands and products, and now they even have their own brand of balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil… Fludino!
Fludino Fine Foods comes in a beautifully distinctive packaging, and right now there 6 different varieties… including a white balsamic and a rosé wine vinegar!
Another of Nick’s favorite white vinegars is the Terre Bormane Aulente… which is just one of the the many varieties they have at Brick Grocery.
For more information on the store and how Nick and Brett started Brick Grocery, check out my October 2021 post on their Grand Opening!
Be sure to like their Facebook page for their latest specials and holiday hours.
Links and Location
Brick Grocery and Sandwich Shop
288 Egg Harbor Road
Washington Township NJ 08080
Hours: Hours are updated on their Facebook page
Wed-Sat: 10am to 6pm
Sundays: 9am to 2pm!
Normally closed Monday and Tuesday but for the week ahead of Christmas they will be open Tuesday also.