The Il Padrino sandwich at Radici
The Il Padrino sandwich at Radici Credit: Radici on Facebook

City Paper has offered its readers several news revelations this summer, but none have inspired them to comment so swiftly and deeply as Zach Rausnitz’s Tuesday morning post revealing the name of the sandwich shop a New York Times columnist wrote about this week.

Brooks’ anecdote—one paragraph within a longer hand-wringing column about class warfare entitled “How We Are Ruining America”—recalled how he took a friend who doesn’t have a college degree to an unnamed gourmet sandwich shop. Confronted with placing an order, “ingredients like soppressata, capicollo and a striata baguette” caused his friend to “freeze up,” so they went to a Mexican place instead. 

“I’m really dying to know what ‘gourmet sandwich shop’ David Brooks insensitively brought his friend with only a high school degree to,” @jeansgallo tweeted. 

She wasn’t alone.

When Rausnitz revealed that the shop was undoubtedly Radici, a Capitol Hill eatery selling sandwiches matching what Brooks described, a comment deluge followed. “I know we’re all talking about Don Jr. and Russia, but @wcp FOUND THE SANDWICH SHOP,” @PolitiCarty aptly tweeted amid mounting evidence that Trump & Co. counted on Russia to help win the election. 

While most commenters emerged to mock Brooks, a delightful subset focused on how delicious the sandwich in question looked. “Class warfare aside, that is one good-looking sandwich,” @engrRG tweeted. “Would have been worth the horrific emotional scarring to have stayed, IMHO,” he added. 

“Not to take away from the class issue, but isn’t this where customer service comes in and you ask an employee what the ingredients are and their recommendations?” ntaylor08 wrote in the comment section on City Paper’s website. “Here’s a suggestion. … Next time you’re presented with a word you don’t know, ask what it means,” Larry Holt echoed on Facebook.

And then there was the unsolicited advice for the uppity Italians at Radici who have the audacity to use Italian words to describe their offerings.

@Radici_Market You guys should consider selling a baloney sandwich called the ‘David Brooks,’” @Daniel_Luzer tweeted. 

“Thanks for the idea! But we would have to call it Mortadella,” the café tweeted back.