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Sandwich Hack: The Little Italy Lard Bread Antipasto Mozzarella Melt

[Photographs: Robyn Lee]

We're having something of a lard bread problem at Serious Eats HQ—we just can't stop eating the stuff. Especially when one of those porky loaves is a five-minute walk away from our office in Little Italy at Parisi Bakery.

The real problem, though, is the walk back, which involves passing by our favorite Italian specialty food store, Di Palo Selects. We get a ball of excellent fresh mozzarella every week or so from Di Palo, so it was only a matter of time before one found itself next to a loaf of lard bread on our kitchen counter. And that's when I remembered the immortal words of Michael White: "you should make a sandwich with those."

And so I did, and with all due respect to the all fantastic Italian sandwiches our fair city has to offer, I think this hack is my favorite. It's a foot-long antipasto salad mozzarella melt, and it disappeared about two minutes after it was made. There's just so much going on: the crunch of the crust giving way to a flood of olive oil, pork fat, and slightly gooey fresh dairy; super-savory olive, Parmesan, and salumi; and just enough sweetness to round it all out.

Here's what you'll need to make one of your own:

A little expensive? Maybe, but keep in mind this makes 1 huge = 2 big = 3-4 reasonable sandwiches, and most importantly, will put an olive oily smile on the face of whoever takes a bite.

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I think Erin said it all, though, as I offered her a perfect Frog Hollow Farms peach from a shipment earlier that day, which she declined to save room for more sandwich: "I want to serve this at every single party I host from now on."

Me too, Erin, me too.

Check out the slideshow to see how this puppy gets made.

Parisi Bakery

198 Mott Street, New York, NY 10012 (map)
212-226-6378
parisibakery.com

DiPalo Selects

200 Grand Street, New York NY 10013 (map)
212-226-1033
dipaloselects.com

About the author: Max Falkowitz is the editor of Serious Eats: New York. You can follow him on Twitter at @maxfalkowitz.

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