Good things come to those who wait, like porchetta, slow-roasted pork shoulder with fresh herbs and garlic. Porchetta aficionados flock to Roli Roti at the Ferry Building’s farmer’s market for some of the world’s finest, laid on an Acme Bread roll.
Roli Roti is the internationally acclaimed and insanely delicious brainchild of Swiss-born chef Thomas Odermatt. Odermatt serves fine roasted meats at thirty-three different farmer’s markets from his custom rotisserie trucks, but saves porchetta for just three occasions; of those three, the Ferry Plaza is the liveliest, and the only one with a bay view.
Saying the porchetta sandwich from Roli Roti is good is like saying puppies are cute or soda has bubbles. The sandwich, made since 2006, is responsible for those snaking lines at the Ferry Building stretching past Gott's outdoor seating, and has ascended past the subjective analysis and into objective. If you like pork, the porchetta sandwich is delicious. Fact.
Thomas Odermatt takes his mobile rotisserie RoliRoti all over the Bay Area throughout the week. But on Thursdays and Saturdays, he makes a special trip to the SF Ferry Building Farmers Market to serve up boned and rolled porchetta. Tucked inside crusty bread, slices of porchetta make nice with onion or fennel jam.