A Sandwich A Day: The Soho at Il Cantuccio
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.
While it's true that the West Village has no shortage of casual eateries, the sandwich options often come affixed with unbearably high price tags. However, amidst all of this lies a sandwich heaven almost too good to be true: a place where the sandwiches are reliably delicious, and the prices leave enough change leftover for a cookie or two.
Il Cantuccio, an Italian import, is a Tuscan bakery that specializes in cantucci, a cookie akin to biscotti, but worlds softer. Behind the glass display cases rest piles and piles of freshly made cookies and other treats, like nutella panini. With so many appetizing baked goods on hand, it's a challenge to keep your eyes on the prize (sandwiches!), but their elegantly spare combinations have a subtle draw of their own.
There are a only a few sandwich combinations, which share a few defining characteristics. Each one is named after a different area of the city, and no sandwich has more than three to four ingredients. These are simple Italian sandwiches, featuring the highest quality meats, freshly baked bread, really great olive oil, and not a whole lot more.
The Soho ($5.33) caught my attention with its bologna sliced right before my very eyes, and its simple dressing of extra virgin olive oil. A few slices of bologna are nestled in a filone loaf, a kind of unsalted tuscan bread that winds up seasoned well by the meat. With just two ingredients, this sandwich is startlingly simple, but it didn't want for anything else.