Impressive in size, scope, and taste, this overstuffed Italian party panini was seriously one of the greatest things to come off my grill recently.
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A Caprese is generally fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, but at Russo's in the East Village it's something a little different. On this long sandwich ($6.99) you've got the mozz and basil, but with roasted peppers, sundried tomato, and a good soak of olive oil to bind it together.
La puccia is flatbread from the region of Puglia in Italy. Lucky's Puccia bakes each puccia to order, slices them open while still hot and fills them with fresh ingredients. I've never eaten a puccia here I didn't like, but I keep coming back to the namesake sandwich, Lucky's Puccia, which layers juicy slices of prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, stacks of spicy arugula, and gloriously red ripe tomatoes. Some drizzled basil oil and spicy chipotle mayo adds a little moistness.
A sizable sandwich of sweet coppa, sweet soppressata, smoked mozzarella, and sundried tomato.
I'm kicking myself for only just discovering their Italiano ($10, includes chips and fruit).
Ken's Artisan in NW Portland is reputed as the go-to place for what many consider to be the best bread in Portland. The other Ken's, across the river, is a pizza restaurant and equally stellar. For the westsiders who want to stay in their neighborhood, Ken's Artisan Bakery does pizza every Monday night, and it rocks. Actually, you can't go wrong with anything they bake or make. Largely due to the bread, along with fresh, seasonal ingredients, any sandwich listed on the daily changing blackboard menu is going to be excellent.
I love the sort of Italian sandwiches that feature the meat that's stuffed inside and not much more. At DiPalo Selects, the venerable Italian grocer on the corner of Grand and Mott, they do just that.
Though their signature sandwich, the V.I.P, is tasty, I'd say save yourself five bucks and get the Marche ($9) instead.
What sets Ann Clair's Rich Man, Poor Man ($6.75) apart from other, Italian-American heroes is that instead of creamy mozzarella, you've got a pungent crumble of Romano.
Better known for the homemade cheese that is their namesake, Casa della Mozarella also serves up some tasty sandwiches.
Order a Rat Pack from the Lorimer Market and you'll get a serious amount of sandwich for $7.50.
For something comfortingly classic in the Bronx, grab the Super Hero (small $6, large $7) from Joe's Italian Deli. Heaps of homemade mozzarella plus ham and sopressata spill out from the edges, with tender, sweet red bell pepper tucked inside.
I'd never given much thought to Salt Lake City as an Italian food destination, but Tony Caputo's is a mighty fine Italian market, with any kind of cured meats, cheeses, pastas, tomatoes, and imported goods you can imagine. At the sandwich counter, you can't go wrong with 'The Caputo' ($8.25)—prosciutto, mortadella, and salami layered with provolone, plus lettuce and tomato
The menu at Paneantico Bakery in Bay Ridge is not a good read for those prone to indecision—there are easily a hundred different sandwiches to choose from.
"Mm, tastes like Italy," said Kenji as we tore into the Modena's ($10) crusty roll.
"We're a shop of indulgences," smiled the gentleman behind the counter at the cozily cluttered Blue Apron Foods in Park Slope. And that's about right.
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For this rather epic Mile High Special ($10.00), they pile on prosciutto, salami, mortadella, sopressata, provolone, roasted red peppers, tomato, lettuce, and "spices". All of this is served on a fluffy but rather bland hero roll, speckled with sesame seeds.
If you love olives—really love olives—this might be the finest hero you've ever tasted. Meet Alidoro's Pinocchio ($11.25)—a happy heap of prosciutto and sopressata with fresh mozzarella, a sweet red-and-yellow pepper dressing that's made in-house, and the ingredient you actually taste: black olive paste, a tapenade that's insanely salty and earthy and deep, almost pungent enough to overpower the half-inch stack of cured meat.