A Sandwich A Day: Panino Soppressata at Grandaisy Bakery
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.
Soppressata might be the new pepperoni, but it will always be the stuff of sandwiches in my eyes. Grandaisy Bakery channels the classic salami sandwich with its Panino Soppressata ($8.50), although its bread is a far cry from the somewhat stale Italian rolls that are characteristic of lesser sandwiches. A portion of Grandaisy's stirato, essentially an Italian-style baguette, forms the base of the sandwich, which is topped with thin slices of soppressata, pecorino romano, marinated bell peppers, jalapeño spread, and a bit of basil.
While the result isn't particularly filling, it is a very satisfying sandwich. Mild heat from the salami and jalapeño spread (which channels classic hot peppers) is present without being overpowering; the pecorino is plenty sharp, and the sweet peppers are a nice touch. Underneath these elements I couldn't detect much basil, but I didn't mind. My one major complaint with this sandwich, surprisingly, was the bread, which seemed to go a bit chewy during its stay in the display case. Still, even on a bad day, this sandwich was plenty tasty—I can only imagine how it would taste on fresher bread.