Gina’s Pizza & Deli
I thought I was going to spend my time before work on Thursday cleaning out the gutters and raking leaves, but an e-mail from my boss interrupted that plan. As soon as possible, I needed to get on the road and head towards Detroit. I had a job assignment in the suburbs that I would be meeting a co-worker at. They didn’t know the time and place yet, but it was important that I get on the road as soon as possible.
I showered quickly and started heading east. It was just before 1:00 and I hadn’t eaten lunch yet. I was really hungry by the time I pulled off the highway for gas in Albion and I started looking for quick places to grab a sandwich. I figured there had to be some kind of sandwich shop maybe a little closer to Albion College. As luck would have it, I was right.
Gina’s Pizza & Deli is on Michigan Avenue just barely inside the Albion city limits on the east side of town. As I figured, it’s just a couple blocks from Albion College’s campus.
The pizzeria is a standalone building with a large parking lot. It appears it used to be a bank that they converted to a pizzeria. The set up is order at the counter then they bring your food to you. The business is quite a bit larger than I expected with a pretty good size dining room. At 1:30 on a Thursday afternoon, there was a decent amount of people enjoying a late lunch.
The menu can be a little overwhelming at first, but I was looking for a sandwich. I wanted a pizza, but I was going to be in the car, so a sandwich was the only option.
I quickly scanned the sub section and quickly found one that sounded good. I ordered a 12″ Italian sub on white bread. The sandwich is three Italian meats which the menu doesn’t specify, plus provolone and mozzarella cheeses, a creamy home made Italian dressing, lettuce, tomato, onion, and peppers. I asked to leave most of the veggies off leaving only the lettuce.
The cost was just a little over $10 and almost as soon as I sat down, I was being handed a bag with napkins and the butcher paper wrapped sandwich. I think the total wait time was five minutes or less.
I started trying to eat while driving but that turned out to be a bad idea. The dressing made the sandwich a little messy, so I stopped to save my shirt.
When I got to my assignment in Detroit, I dug in to the rest of the sandwich. Despite the hour and a half drive, the sandwich was still pretty warm from the toasting. The bread was a little crusty and it was filled with a decent size portion of meat. The Italian dressing is what made this sandwich so tasty. It was creamy, a little spicy, and added a whole lot of flavor to a simple sandwich.
Gina’s Pizza & Deli was a pretty good choice for a quick pit stop. I needed to get something quick and they were very quick, but even better, it was very tasty.