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Peter Gagnon shows off a Pedroia, now available at the Nashua Garden in downtown Nashua.
Friday, August 5, 2011

Downtown Nashua eatery loads plate with Pedroia sandwich

NASHUA – Following up on its popular ESPN commercial, the Nashua Garden has added a new sandwich to the menu: “The Pedroia,” named for Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

The restaurant was featured in a 30-second ad that debuted in April on the sports cable network and drew lots of local attention.

Since Nashua Garden posted the YouTube video to its Facebook page April 26, it has drawn 72 ‘Likes’ and 22 comments.

“People were asking about it and we finally got in gear,” said employee Jim Sano, a four-year veteran at the Garden.

In the commercial, two sandwich-makers behind the counter – both Boston-area actors hired by the production company, Moxie Pictures – agree that Pedroia has earned a sandwich and then debate what should be on it.

The actors offer up two possible ideas for sandwich meat – a turkey-pepperoni combination or something with capicola – but neither of the commercial suggestions made it into the real sandwich.

The Pedroia has oven-roasted chicken, grilled pastrami, bacon, and muenster cheese. The sandwich is served heated, like the one of the restaurant’s most popular sandwiches, The Big Poppy, named for Red Sox player David Ortiz.

Regular sandwiches are $7.25, but since the Pedroia sandwich is heated and has bacon, its price is $8.75.

Employee Peter Gagnon came up with the combination with some help from the “guys at Boar’s Head,” who deliver the deli meat to the restaurant, Sano said.

“We tried out a few different combos, but that’s what they came up with,” Sano said. “It’s a good sandwich.”

So far, the Pedroia has been pretty popular. Sano said the Garden has “sold quite a few” in its first week on the menu.

Pedroia’s name hasn’t been added to the list of names and sandwiches on the large chalkboard behind the counter yet, but the restaurant said the sandwich is a permanent addition.

“Peddy’s only up on the specials board at the moment but the Laser Show has finally arrived at the Garden,” the restaurant said in a blog post announcing the news on their Web site, http://nashuagarden.com.

The blog post adds that Pedroia’s recent 25-game hitting streak, which was snapped Friday night against the Chicago White Sox, played a factor in finally adding the second baseman’s name to the menu, but Sano said it was “pretty much the ESPN commercial” that stirred up the idea.

The sandwich is on sale now at Nashua Garden, located at 121 Main St. and open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. seven days a week.

Cameron Kittle can be reached at 594-6523 or ckittle@nashuatelegraph.com. Also check out Kittle (@Telegraph_CK) on Twitter.