A Sandwich a Day: Roasted Eggplant on Focaccia from Tazza in Brooklyn Heights
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Walk into Tazza just north of Atlantic Avenue (that barely Brooklyn Heights zone), and you'll find a chalkboard wall menu covered in sandwich options. This one with roasted eggplant and tomatoes is on a soft square of focaccia, which thankfully doesn't suffer from that depressingly dry, dense chew that so many focaccias do. It's baked at the nearby Cafe Buon Gusto, an Italian restaurant on Montague Street.
Tazza roasts the eggplant and tomatoes in plenty of oil until all of those veggie sugars are released, giving it an almost jammy texture and sweetness. Between that and the creamy, slightly tart goat cheese, it's a fine vegetarian sandwich option from a laidback neighborhood coffee shop, wine bar, sandwicherie-in-one. They also have many tempting baked goodies behind the glass, including a seasonal pumpkin whoopie pie and selections from Brooklyn-based Liddabit Sweets.
311 Henry Street, Brooklyn NY 11201 (map); 718-243-0487