Slideshow: Greatest Hits of 'A Sandwich A Day': Top 5 Prosciutto Sandwiches

Prosciutto and Mascarpone at Bottino
Prosciutto and Mascarpone at Bottino
A fair few slices of prosciutto di Parma are layered with tomato, oil-dressed basil and arugula, and a generous smear of the soft, slightly tangy cheese—great on a just-crunchy baguette, but perhaps better (and bigger) on rosemary focaccia.
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Bottino: 248 10th Avenue, New York NY 10001 (map); 212-206-6766; www.bottinonyc.com
Mozzarella and Prosciutto at Tedone Latticini
Mozzarella and Prosciutto at Tedone Latticini
They make sandwiches at Tedone, but it may be on a BYOB (that's bread) basis; I asked for prosciutto and mozz, and watched as a whole leg of prosciutto di Parma was hauled out of the case. Onto the slicer it went; I was offered a shred to nibble on as the sandwich-maker worked. The sandwich ends up piled high with prosciutto, eggplant, and that famous mozzarella: soft, supple, and fresh as if it came from a milkmaid's pail.
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Tedone Latticini: 1597 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11211 (map); 718-387-5830
Saltimbocca Panino at Keste
Saltimbocca Panino at Keste
Soft prosciutto, olive oil, and fresh mozzarella hugged by pizza-like bread just a bit less doughy than their usual puffy crust. The cheese softens slightly in the warm bread's heat, rather than melting entirely, which I quite liked; it keeps the sandwich from being just a folded-over pizza.
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Keste: 271 Bleecker Street, New York NY 10014 (map); 212-243-1500; www.kestepizzeria.com
'The Pinocchio,' Sopressata and Prosciutto at Alidoro
'The Pinocchio,' Sopressata and Prosciutto at Alidoro
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.
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Alidoro: 105 Sullivan Street, New York NY 10012 (map); 212-334-5179