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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.

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[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

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.

Grandaisy Bakery

Multiple Locations in Manhattan (map)
212-334-9435
grandaisybakery.com

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