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Arby’s Brings Back Traditional Italian Fast Food With Brand New Porchetta Sandwiches

Photo courtesy of Sadler’s Smokehouse (an Arby’s meat supplier).

An old school fast food staple from Italy is coming into a major quick service chain for the very first time. Arby’s has decided to give meat lovers something new to salivate over with the introduction of porchetta to their menu.

Photo courtesy of Arby’s.

For those of you who haven’t heard of porchetta before, it’s a slow-roasted stuffed pig that brings together a perfect combination of juicy fat, tender meat, and crispy cracklings. Nowadays, professional chefs tend to make their porchetta by wrapping pork belly around a pork loin, and that’s what Arby’s is doing as well to craft their newest cut of meat.

Photo courtesy of Arby’s.

To put their own spin on porchetta, Arbys smokes their meat for eight hours before it’s thinly sliced for use in two different sandwiches: the Smoked Italian Porchetta Sandwich and the Mount Italy Sandwich. The first sandwich includes melted provolone, lettuce, tomato, red onion, banana peppers, red wine vinaigrette, and garlic aioli on a toasted sub, whereas the Mount Italy features all of that plus ham, salami, and pepperoni with Italian seasoning that gets served up on a toasted star top roll.

If you’re hoping to get a taste of Arby’s take on this Italian staple, you can head into stores now to pick either sandwich up. They’ll be gone at the end of August, so there’s not much of a window in which you can try this modern take on traditional fast food.

By Constantine Spyrou

Constantine's life revolves around eating, studying, and talking about food. He's obsessed with eggs, gyros, and the future of food.