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A Sandwich A Day: Veninnis at Venissimo Cheese in San Diego, CA

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[Photographs: Erin Jackson]

If your favorite element of a sandwich is the cheese, it makes sense to get one from a place whose primary focus is cheese. In San Diego, that's Venissimo, a cheese boutique where you can get a fresh-pressed "Veninni", with Bread and Cie bread and any cheese in the display case for $6.50. For an extra buck, you can add some charcuterie like sopressata salami or prosciutto. A piece of fruit (pear or grapes), comes complimentary.

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Choosing a cheese is the tough part. There are approximately 100 options, and so many of them are worthy. Free samples can either make things easier, or much, much harder. I immediately struck gold with a rich and creamy gouda-like vlaskaas, but had to try several samples of charcuterie before I landed on the imported Italian porchetta (oh, darn). The best thing about these sandwiches is that, compared to most, the ratio of cheese to meat is reversed; thin slices of porchetta are completely dwarfed by the thick slab of cheese. The vlaskaas is rightfully the star; the meat, its +1.

Venissimo Cheese

3 locations in San Diego, 1 in Long Beach
See venissimo.com for details

About the author: Erin Jackson is a food writer and photographer who is obsessed with discovering the best cheap and tasty eats in San Diego, including all things sweet and sugary, for her dessert blog San Diego Sugar.

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