A Sandwich a Day: Bresaola at Barbarini Alimentari
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.
Since its opening in 2006, Barbarini Alimentari has expanded into a three-in-one food destination. As its website states, it houses its Alimentari , or "rustic mini-ristorante," its mercato, where you can purchase gourmet Italian groceries, and its ristorante, where you can sit down for lunch or dinner.
I must admit I was quite apprehensive about trying their Bresaola Sandwich ($9). My parents live in Rome, and along with Pasta alla Carbonara and Cicoria, Insalata di Bresoala is one of my go-to Italian dishes. So I had my doubts about Barbarini's ability to perfect the balance between the spicy freshness of the arugula, the sweet and savory of the bresaola and Parmesan, and the acidity of the lemon vinaigrette. But the Italian staff here gets it right, serving the chewy but tender meat and cheese on a crusty, crackly roll. Taken with a light side salad, this sandwich is the perfect thing to eat in this summer heat.