A Sandwich a Day: Sardine and Stuzzicchino from Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria
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.
Noho Mediterranean favorite Il Buco recently opened its new offshoot, a restaurant and wine bar by the name of Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria. The newest version is also somewhat of a gourmet marketplace, with an enticing selection of food: meats, condiments, imported Italian cheeses. And just like the original outpost, it serves up some very tasty sandwiches.
Fabled porchetta aside, there are other standout sandwiches available, most notably the sardine and stuzzicchino($11). Sardines and stuzzicchino, a spicy marinated vegetable mix, are enveloped in pillowy bread made in-house. The stuzzicchino, almost an Italian take on salsa, is made with chili flakes, eggplant, and other assorted vegetables, and added serious heat to the sandwich, which was nicely counterbalanced by the mild sardines. The sardines leaned a bit towards the soft side, but the subtle olive oil flavors more than made up for this minor flaw.
It's an utterly simple sandwich, featuring just two ingredients, done just right: tasty, satisfying, and generously portioned.