No visit to or from the San Francisco airport is complete (in the opinion of Dining on a Dime host Lucas Peterson) without a trip to Little Lucca Specialty Sandwich Shop in South San Francisco, affectionately known as Little Lucca’s. An unassuming storefront, the shop has become famous for its cheap and overstuffed deli sandwiches, filled with various Italian meats like prosciutto, capocollo, and salami; cheeses; and of course, their special garlic sauce. Lines out the door are common, and ordering ahead is always a pro move.
What sets Little Lucca’s apart from other delis — and what gets Peterson literally singing for his supper — is its inclusion of “Dutch crunch” bread. The bread, which is made from the application of rice paste and gives the exterior a beautifully mottled, leopard-like appearance, gives sandwiches a wonderfully chewy texture. Watch as Peterson tries to finish some of these enormous sandwiches, each larger and more delicious than the last.