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

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

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.

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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.

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 some really gorgeous photos of the market in the AQ Marketplace portfolio and I urge you to take a look, they are stunning. I also found a great photo blog 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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20 Comments

  1. TheWanderfullTraveler
    May 17, 2013

    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!

    Murissa

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    1. Andi Fisher
      May 17, 2013

      @Murissa, it is a must!

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  2. Lindsey
    May 18, 2013

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

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    1. Andi Fisher
      May 18, 2013

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

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  3. Lara
    June 6, 2013

    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!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 8, 2013

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

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  4. Amy Tolley
    June 19, 2013

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

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  5. veronica vaughn
    June 25, 2013

    that sandwich looks really good

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  6. carla bonesteel
    July 18, 2013

    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!

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  7. Allie
    July 18, 2013

    This sandwich looks amazing

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  8. mell
    August 2, 2013

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

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  9. wen
    August 5, 2013

    OMG….that sandwich looks soooooooo good!!!

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  10. Jennifer Rote
    November 25, 2013

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

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  11. melissa cushing
    January 31, 2014

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

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 1, 2014

      @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!

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  12. M.Clark
    March 28, 2014

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

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  13. alicia szemon
    January 9, 2016

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

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  14. Mauricio
    May 17, 2017

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

    Reply
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