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San Francisco Bites – Roli Roti Porchetta Sandwich and Happy Birthday Ferry Building

All my attempts to capture one of the best San Francisco food truck items (the other two being baos from The Chairman and fried chicken from Arki) have been complete failures so I am showcasing this gorgeous image of Roli Roti's famous porchetta sandwich from I Left My Cart in SF instead.

Roli Roti Porchetta Sandwich
Roli Roti Porchetta Sandwich (Photo credit: Liz and Brian Chui)

Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of the Ferry Building in San Francisco and I wanted to take a moment to say “Happy Birthday” to this iconic spot in the city. One of the best parts of having a new job in the Financial District is that I am a half-block from here which means I am a half-block from having this amazing sandwich every Thursday! Roli Roti started out serving their porchetta sandwiches and rotisserie chicken at the Ferry Building's farmer's market on Saturdays and as the food truck craze in San Francisco exploded they took their cart on the streets of the city as well.

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The crew serving the delectable goodies which also include rosemary potatoes work extremely hard under hot conditions but they always do it with speed and a smile. As I was looking around for a photo of the sandwich, I found this great shot of one of the truck team's tattoos (I have actually admired it in person) by the super-talented San Francisco photographer Donald Chan.

Roli Roti Donald Chan
Roli Roti (Photo credit: Donald Chan)

The Ferry Building is a special spot in the heart of San Franciscans, a project completed by the beloved ex-mayor Willie Brown. Not only is it beautiful, gorgeously re-using an area of the city that was beginning to look a little shabby, but it is a foodie's mecca! Besides the farmer's market on Saturday and Wednesday, there are plenty of food shops and restaurants inside all at the feet of the Bay Bridge along the Embarcadero. It is a must-do for any visit to the city.

I found a great photoblog called A Happy Day (who couldn't love that) with beautiful shots of the Ferry Building as well.

How about you? What have you been eating lately?


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  1. San Francisco is one of my favourite North American cities.
    Delicious food, great scenery and so close to Napa – it was a great time.
    Next time I’ll be on the hunt of some good food trucks and especially this spot!


    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Murissa, it is a must!

  2. I had no idea the Ferry Building was only 20 years old!

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Lindsey, yep, that is it, but it is such a part of SF now that it feels like it has been here forever.

  3. Roli Roti is one of my favorite SF food trucks! While the signature porchetta sandwich is great, I think their chicken deserves equal praise. Tip: the truck comes to Fort Mason on Sundays with chicken and potatoes only. The line is never as long as the Ferry Building’s!

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Lara, I love the chicken too! It is always torture to decide which to get!

  4. Amy Tolley says:

    wow what an amazing sandwich…just looking at it make my mouth water and then reading it …..yummo….

  5. veronica vaughn says:

    that sandwich looks really good

  6. carla bonesteel says:

    This looks so amazing! I just had Bariatric surgery, so I can’t eat ANYTHING like this, but it just looks so good! I love the tattoos, too! So cool!

  7. This sandwich looks amazing

  8. That sandwich sounds tasty and the photo suggests that it is one not to miss.

  9. OMG….that sandwich looks soooooooo good!!!

  10. Jennifer Rote says:

    This looks so good! Would love to see the recipe.

  11. The sandwich looks delicious! I will have to look for that truck if i am ever in san francisco! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Melissa, easy to find, they are at the Ferry Building at least two days a week and most people can find that spot. Not to be missed!

  12. That Roli Roti porchetta sandwich looks so delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this post.

  13. alicia szemon says:

    yumm! i am about to make dinner so i am very hungry!

  14. Very good site and also the tips, won another follower thank you and congratulations to the site !!