At the table: the quality ingredients of Genoa Importing in Loudonville are a little lost in the mix


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“I love sandwiches!” Favorite nurse announced at the lunch table on a recent Saturday afternoon. She was lucky. Genoa specializes in sandwiches – those special submarines stuffed with Italian meats and seasoned with pickled peppers and Italian vinaigrette.

We had picked up food at their shop in the nicer part of Route 9 in Loudonville. The building adorned the other residences, most of them private. Attractive emerald canopies hang over the two picture windows on either side of the front door; the planters had not yet been filled with spring flowers.

We assumed it wouldn’t take long to fill an order for two people, and we judged correctly. Also, the slack gave me enough time to look inside the small building. Not as fancy as the outside of the deli, the coolers and simple racks filled with Italian imports inside were usable and well used.

We ordered from one of the three courteous gentlemen behind the counter. Unwrapping the garlic scented food was almost as exciting as devouring it.

The portions were generous, more than enough for a second meal.

From a modest menu of hot and cold subs, takeout, pizza, salads, wings and soups, the guest chose a Smokey Bob Sub ($ 10.99, composed of smoked turkey, melted cheddar, bacon, honey mustard, lettuce and tomato). Nurse L. reported that the sub was stocked with high quality meats and cheeses, but the honey mustard dressing was as good as the sub in its abundance.

I love antipasto salads ($ 13.99, which includes mixed greens, salami, pepperoni, fatty capicollo, jardiniere, roasted red peppers, provolone, mixed olives, and Romano cheese), but While the quality of the imported meats and cheeses was excellent, the individual flavors were neutralized by the potent sharp bite of the vinegar from the planter that had been used to dress the salad. Without tasting the mixture, I mistakenly added half a small container of Italian dressing to the plastic bowl. It is possible that I could have handled the acidity if the pieces of cheese, meat and lettuce had been cut larger.

While I chose to forgo dessert, I opted for a pint of chicken soup ($ 4.99). Chicken is always the variety on the menu, although a second choice (broccoli cheddar) was available the day of our stay.

While I was tasting the chicken soup at the lunch table, it was not until dinner at my own table that I was able to study and appreciate my selection.

One could describe the gold stock as “solid”. It was loaded with large chunks of white meat chicken, celery and carrots, and almost invisible chunks of translucent onion.

But the best part was the bulk of what appeared to be thick homemade noodles. They seemed to be torn rather than cut, a telltale sign of their home goodness.

What was lacking in Genoa chicken soup was seasoning of any kind. The lack of salt and pepper was easily corrected. But adding herbs such as thyme, rosemary, parsley, and sage would be trickier. These culinary herbs could change the complexion of the soup if the chef had a heavy hand.

Genoa Importing Co. is strictly a take-out establishment. There are no tables or seats, although it is possible to phone in your order, order online or just walk in. This setup still works for my guest and I.

Although we are fully vaccinated and strictly adhere to social distancing, we continue to avoid indoor meals. But with warmer weather creeping north, alfresco dining should soon be within our reach.

Import from Genoa

O: 435, chemin Loudon, Loudonville, 12211; 518-427-0078

WHEN: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Sunday

HOW MUCH: $ 37.44 without tax or tip

MORE INFO: Parking area in front, accessible to people with disabilities except a 6 inch step to access the front door, credit cards accepted, take out only, no more than six people at a time in store, mask required, curbside service.

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