A Sandwich a Day: Arista al Forno at Ciccio
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.
The victim of our latest pork sandwich craving: the arista al forno ($12) at Ciccio, a two-month old trattoria-style restaurant on 6th Avenue in Soho. They're open for lunch and dinner, and pork loin is roasted for both occasions, but for lunch it's sliced thin and served between homemade focaccia.
The bread doesn't have as much lift as some other focaccia we've had, but it still does a fine job soaking up the juice and fat from the pork and earthy kale that's been sautéed with a healthy dose of garlic. The pork is tender; slightly salty, but balanced by a spread of sweet mostarda. For that, apples, pears, raisins, and mustard are cooked down in grape juice until the consistency resembles jam. The sandwich is accompanied by a mixed green salad, which means you can enjoy it guilt-free.