092516porkroll5Natalie Cozzati takes a bite of the breakfast sandwich she craves. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)


piehole_cravings“Do I like pork roll?” Red Bank graphic designer and owner of NMC Design Studio Natalie Cozzati rhetorically asks PieHole. “Am I from Jersey? I’ve got to have my pork roll fix. Gotta satisfy that craving.”

Cozzati is not alone in her uniquely Jersey desire. At the Red Bank Farmers’ Market every Sunday this time of year, you’ll find plenty of customers queuing up at Johnny’s Pork Roll truck, patiently waiting to grab their sandwiches.

And don’t call it Taylor Ham, say Cozzati and others in line in the Galleria parking lot.
092516porkroll3Red Bank Councilman Mark Taylor also craves Johnny’s pork roll sandwiches.  (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

092516porkrollCozzati says she’s known truck owner John Yarusi for years, but her appetite for a pork roll sandwich goes back to her childhood.

“I usually get the classic: pork roll and cheese on a hard roll, no ketchup,” she says. She also wants you to know Yarusi has really good coffee, too.

Red Bank Councilman Mark Taylor is also a fan, though he swears his order of three pork roll sandwiches is not all for himself. He agrees with Cozzati. It’s an itch that needs to be scratched every now and then.

Johnny’s Pork Roll and Coffee Truck can be found most Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Red Bank Farmers’ Market.

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