A Sandwich a Day: The Marche at Sergimmo Salumeria
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If you're looking for a great Italian delicatessen but can't stand the crowds or the prices at Eatily or Falai, head over to Sergimmo Salumeria. This Hell's Kitchen newcomer offers a variety of antipasti and panini, but the real draw are the salumi, mozzarella, and ricotta, all of which are made made in-house. (I'll admit I was impressed by the Italian beverage selection, too. Do you want your Limonata in a can, glass bottle, or plastic bottle?)
Though their signature sandwich, the V.I.P, is tasty, I'd say save yourself five bucks and get the Marche ($9) instead. This sandwich starts with a substantial but not overpowering layer of freshly sliced salami: well-spiced, porky, and studded with fennel seeds. The salami is topped with mozzarella—that's creamy, salty, house-made mozzarella—a batch of which is made every two hours. Next up is a layer of artichokes, which are marinated in an herb oil and also available as an antipasto. With all these house-made ingredients piled up it may seem incongruous, but a solid layer of arugula really tied the sandwich together. After the meat, cheese, and oil-bathed artichokes, the greens provided a welcome freshness and peppery, bitter bite. The only thing lacking in this sandwich was the bread, which was a bit dry and when compared with the amazing fillings, just not up to snuff.
456 9th Avenue, New York NY 10018 (map)