Arby’s is no stranger to meat-centric menu items. Its latest—the Smoked Italian Porchetta Sandwich—asks the question, “Is this the most Italian sandwich Arby’s has ever made?”
The sandwich, which is also accompanied by the Mount Italy sandwich, features an herbed pork loin that’s rolled and smoked for eight hours, then topped with melted Provolone and bottomed by lettuce, tomato, red onion, garlic aioli, red wine vinaigrette, and banana peppers, on a toasted sub roll.
The Mount Italy tacks on Genoa salami, pepperoni, and pit-smoked ham on a toasted star cut bun.
Neville Craw, Arby’s brand executive chef, told USA Today that the innovation team selected the Porchetta sandwich from hundreds of test items.
“Every Porchetta is made by hand before it goes into the smoker and we are really kind of doing the same quality, same craftsmanship that you would get at a single restaurant somewhere in NYC," he told USA Today. "It's the same thing; we are just able to do it for 3,300 restaurants."
Porchetta is defined as pork loin wrapped in skin-on pork belly and smoked.
Arby’s has had luck with such products in the past. It’s venison sandwich sold out in minutes at some of its locations. That item, however, wasn’t available nationwide like the Porchetta Sandwiches.