Rossi’s Deli – 45 South Clover St, Poughkeepsie, NY
When it’s fall in the northeast there’s no better place to go than the Hudson Valley to see the leaves change color, pick pumpkins and have a weekend of fall fun. I went to college at Marist and had the luxury of calling the Hudson Valley my home for four years, and the luxury of living close to a Poughkeepsie-staple, Rossi’s Deli.
Rossi’s is your classic Italian deli and store on steroids. It’s not a very big place, but everything they sell is straight from Italy and absolutely delicious. Aside from pasta, cookies, and other Italian treats, they have a deli with hot food prepared daily as well and their signature sandwiches.
My sandwich of choice at Rossi’s is a chicken cutlet with mozzarella, roasted red peppers and balsamic on focaccia. It may sound simple, but all of the ingredients on this sandwich will blow you away. Chicken cutlet after chicken cutlet are piled high on a enormous round piece of focaccia bread. This is then layered with a generous amount of mozzarella, roasted red peppers and balsamic. It’s then placed on a panini press for a little while so everything gets slightly heated, the cheese melts and the bread gets nice and crispy. The result, an enormous sandwich that is making me hungry just thinking about it. Each bite of the sandwich delivers a big crunch. The roasted red peppers give it a sweet taste while the balsamic makes it a little tangy.
This is by far the best sandwich I’ve had in the Hudson Valley and is on par with my favorite sandwich shop in New York City, Alidoro. Whenever I’m up visiting Poughkeepsie Rossi’s is a must-visit. While the sandwiches are on the pricy-side, $10+ for what I ordered, you get your money’s worth in not only sheer size but quality. I highly recommend Rossi’s and will be back as soon as I can!