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.
Faicco's has everything from tinned sardines to lemon drop cookies, and a lot, a lot of meat. Sausages are curled snake-like in one long display case, and braciole await your Sunday saucepot. There's a refrigerator filled with rounds of ham, roast beef, soppressata, salami, and the like.
My Italian Special sandwich ($10) began as a long loaf of bread, but the man at the counter quickly sliced it in half and began to pull out much of its crumb. "No!" I wanted to shout, "I give you my dough, you give me yours." As he then continued to shave layers of spicy ham capicola, sweet or hot soppressata (go for the hot), and proscuitto into the hollowed-out crust, followed by mozzarella, roasted peppers, lettuce, and tomato, I realized that the bread sacrifice was, in fact, very necessary.
It's not an unusual sandwich in any way, but if you want a meal or two with meaty heft then Faicco's is the place to go. (When they ask if you want olive oil, say yes; it lubricates the whole experience, fusing meaty oils into every nook of the bread.)
Indulge in one of their fried cheese and proscuitto arancini if you're still hungry— finely breaded and incredibly creamy, they'll do the trick in two bites.
Faicco's Italian Specialties
260 Bleecker Street, New York NY 10014 (map) 212-243-1974