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.
I cannot remember ever ordering a tuna sandwich—I have an irrational fear of mayonnaise and am turned off by the scent of standard tuna fish salad—but I was drawn to this Italian Tuna Panini ($6.50) at the adorable Fiat Café on Mott Street. I'm a sucker for black olives, and this sandwich will definitely please olive lovers. The generous smear of briney olive paste is potent enough to stand up to the tuna (no mayo here), and the whole mix is pleasantly salty and savory, like a niçoise salad without the greens. The diced red onions aren't too strong—which is a plus—but the tomato slice isn't that flavorful either, so it's a draw on the vegetables.
This isn't a panino in the pressed-sandwich sense; it's served on crackly, crusty ciabatta that's a bit of a tricky mouthful (but a tasty one.) It's a pretty huge sandwich for lunch (especially for the price)—shareable for sure, and good to have in the neighborhood.