A Sandwich A Day: Tuna Focaccia from Piccolo Cafe
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Piccolo Cafe stands out among the many midtown lunch stops in the general vicinity of the Port Authority. Sure, it has all of the standard sandwiches and salads you'd find at the nearby Pax or Hale and Hearty, but Piccolo makes their menu items with a bit more care and attention to detail than your average spot would. And a whole lot more olive oil.
Take their Tuna Focaccia ($8, served with small side salad), for example. The tuna is creamy and flavorful, spread on both sides of soft focaccia. Tuna is ubiquitious, but bad tuna is one of the worst things that can happen to sandwiches. The focaccia, doused with plenty of good olive oil, helps to set this sandwich apart from its bland tuna cousins. It's got a nice crust, but it's soft enough to give way without smooshing the soft tuna out the other end of your sandwich. Redolent with olive oil and structurally sound, Piccolo Cafe's sandwich is a solid option for when a tuna craving hits.
Piccolo Cafe (multiple locations)
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