A Sandwich A Day: Vegetable & Goat Cheese Panino at Rubirosa
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.
We've enjoyed Rubirosa's killer Italian sandwiches several times before, so when we heard that they were adding a couple new friends to the lunch menu, we were eager to try them out. On paper, the Vegetable & Goat Cheese Panino ($10) seems like a straightforward vegetarian option—a handful of vegetables to replace juicy meats. The actual result is a veggie sandwich done incredibly right.
The mix of peppers, zucchini, eggplant, yellow squash, and onion is a relatively standard selection, but grilling elevates them to quality sandwich material. These veggies, unlike many supposedly 'grilled' or 'roasted' preparations, feature the mix of sweetness and slightly charred grill flavor from what is likely a rather lengthy stint of actual grilling in the kitchen. We would have preferred a bit more seasoning on the veggies, but this is a tiny complaint, especially with the added saltiness of both pesto and goat cheese. Stacked up on two slices of nutty, toasted wheat bread, the filling spills out from the edges and quickly saturate the bottom slice. Despite these structural difficulties, this vegetarian sandwich is a joy to eat.