A Sandwich A Day: The Dream State at Reginelli's Pizzeria in New Orleans
In this great country of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around the country. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
Reginelli's, a pizzeria that now has nine locations all over the greater New Orleans area, is a bright, casual joint that's popular with small children as with college students. The menu lends itself to sharing: plentiful appetizers, salads, and thick-crust pizzas. When you're in less of a sharing mood, though, the often overlooked sandwiches can be just as satisfying.
This is certainly the case with the Dream State ($8.25), which is where roasted vegetables want to go when they die. All the usual suspects are here, including roasted eggplant and red peppers, slices of Roma tomato, pancetta, mixed greens, and creamy goat cheese. But the sandwich also has a couple of secret weapons: flavorful, springy focaccia bread that puts even the exceptional pizza crust to shame; a tangy balsamic-citrus vinaigrette; and walnuts.
Walnuts on a sandwich? Yes, walnuts on a sandwich. They give it an earthiness and a crunch that you didn't even know you were missing. Minus the pancetta, this sandwich would make an entirely satisfying vegetarian meal, but it's tasty enough to make even meat lovers eat their vegetables.
About the author: A native Texan, Abby McCartney now lives, works, and eats in New Orleans, where she teaches high school math by day and explores the city's rich food culture by night. She makes a mean chocolate chip pecan pie, loves avocado on everything, and is learning to like yogurt.