When you're young you have the energy to take on anything that might come in your way, but as you get older you start to realize: I probably could've just driven around that panda. Applying that wisdom to food, The Federal.
From the owner of Union Street's Tap who wanted to downshift into something a little less stressful, this straight-forward, food-only venture in the former Venice Café cooks up gourmet pizzas and meaty sandwiches in an exposed brick space that seats 20 (three tables/10 bar stools) and sports a light wood planked ceiling with recessed lighting, three plasmas, and as you've probably already guessed, an ordering counter resembling a suburban brick fence. Sandwich deliciousness includes a spicy chipotle-mayo-slathered pork and honey baked ham Cuban served on a braided seeded sub roll w/ Monterey Jack and pickles; a signature cold Classic Italian stacked w/ fresh Boar's Head (prosciutto, mortadella, capicola, sopressatta) and topped w/ roasted tomatoes, pickled onions, marinated mushrooms, and provolone on a homemade foccacia; and a Pulled Pork sandwich slow roasted for 9 hours and piled high sloppy joe-style, just like your early college hookups. T-Fed also serves up hand-tossed pizzas like the Rustica (prosciutto, salami, roasted red peppers, pesto, and provolone), the Back Bay (steak tips, onions, green/red peppers), and the meat-heavy ham, bacon, pepperoni, prosciutto, and Italian sausage-covered, Wall Street -- revealing the establishment's motto: "buy low, sell pie".
If you're trying to keep your bikini bod, they offer a list of healthy salads like the Countryside (spinach, strawberry, orange, raisin, walnut w/ feta, and balsamic) and the gorgonzola & grape Waldorf as well as the option to pick from a crazy extensive list of meats/cheeses/accoutrements with which to build a sandwich, but if that's too taxing, you've still got that panda in the fridge.