New Jersey’s recognized for its tasty tomatoes and odoriferous turnpike. Now, due to a controversial pronouncement from a chef and Meals Community persona, its newest declare to fame is the Cuban sandwich.
Carl Ruiz sparked a social media storm this week when he informed a well-liked NJ.com meals author that the nation’s finest Cuban sandwich might be discovered at La Pola, a hole-in-the-wall diner in West New York, NJ.
On Wednesday, Ruiz, who previously owned Marie’s Italian Specialties together with his ex-wife, Marie Riccio, took reporter Peter Genovese on a tour of New Jersey’s most interesting Cuban spots. Whereas scarfing down a snack at La Pola, Genovese tweeted a photograph of the slender half-sammie, together with this caption: “is that this the nation’s finest Cuban sandwich? @carlruiz thinks so.”
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The Cuban sandwich, or Cubano, is historically a savory-sweet mixture of ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles. In Florida, dwelling to nearly all of Cuban People, the meaty lunch is a mainstay — and meals lovers from the Sunshine State weren’t amused by Genovese’s tweet.
“What a ridiculous assertion. Come to Tampa,” one consumer responded.
One other supplied up an alternate spot: “That’s incorrect. The most effective Cuban sandwich within the nation is in Miami, Fl. At a spot referred to as @SanguichDeMiami.”
Nonetheless, a minimum of one consumer threw down in help of La Pola. “I second it. By no means had something fairly nearly as good. Not even in Miami. The 41 years of constructing that sandwich honed the perfection for positive.”
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In the meantime, Ruiz — who’s appeared on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” and who, in response to Genovese’s follow-up article, has sampled greater than 500 totally different Cubanos in his lifetime — refused to step down.
When a well-intentioned tweeter urged Ruiz had merely misspoken, the Cuban chef had this to say: “Not a mistake, my good friend.”