[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

The kitchen at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria does some incredible sandwiches, but don't forget about the bakery counter up front. The pre-wrapped Salami Toscano ($15) looks pretty plain—a massive loaf of focaccia that eclipses any trace of sausage, but it delivers.

Open up the sandwich and you'll see that there is a generous portion of excellent salami Toscano, a dry, coarse sausage flavored with red wine and peppercorns. It's just mounded up in the center under a blanket of nutty aged goat cheese. Take a bite and it all comes together—not-too-fatty sausage with just-oily-enough bread, plenty savory with a peppery kick. It's pricy for a pre-made sandwich but big enough to share, and a portable way to enjoy some excellent charcuterie.

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

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