In this great city 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 New York. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
The panini at Sanpanino are the good, thick sort: a long slab of a sandwich with a hefty crust. Too much bread, perhaps, even when it is speckled with caraway seeds and grilled until crunchy. The Vegeterraneo ($7.50), all floppy eggplant and wilted arugula, can't compete with such a bread, and the plump red peppers go plopping out the sides when you take a bite. The San Classico sandwich ($7.75) pictured above, however, has innards that hold their own against such solid encasing: beautiful layers of pink mortadella and salty sopressata flushed a darker grapefruit red. The fresh mozzarella, which appears in the sandwich bar in voluptuous moon-like globes, adds its soft creaminess when sliced into the mix, and strips of roasted red peppers and basil give the whole stack some freshness. Eat it while it's hot to get the full glory of warm focaccia and ooey-gooey mozzarella.
Sanpanino Focaccia Sandwich Shoppe
494 Hudson Street, New York NY 10014 (map)