Every Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nonavo Pizza is transformed into Nonavo Sandwich with a short menu of Brooklyn-inspired sandwiches on fresh hoagie buns from Dos Hermanos Bakery in Portland.
Co-owner Joey Chmiko is a native of New Jersey and misses the bodega sandwiches that are available all hours of the day and night in New York. His wife and co-owner, Alder Suttles, lived in several neighborhoods in Brooklyn and experienced a melting pot of sandwiches — from Italian and Jewish delis to Vietnamese banh mi to Caribbean roti.
This husband-and-wife team decided to open on Mondays for lunch so they could serve sandwiches and spend some time together. The menu is short (six sandwiches and one soup) and inspired by sandwiches Chmiko made at a sandwich shop in Brooklyn.
I visited on the second week of the pop-up. Martha and the Vandellas were singing “Heatwave.” On the menu was a rare roast beef sandwich, an Italian hoagie (with mortadella, coppa, salami, provolone and mozzarella), a turkey and swiss (with kimchi slaw), Philly pork, market veg, prosciutto and smoked turkey, and a celery root soup with lemon and herbs.
As with everything at Nonavo, the menu depends on the bounty of local farmers. The market veg will shift with the seasons, but the Italian and the Philly pork sandwiches will be reliably steady menu items.