I will name my first born daughter after this sandwich. Well, to be completely honest, my pregnant wife and I decided on the name Sofia long before I ever ate at Alidoro, but I still may claim the sandwich as our inspiration; it's that good. Typical of most offerings at this quaint Italian sandwich shop in Soho, the Sofia is loaded up with fresh Italian ingredients, which in this case included large thick slices of fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced-to-order salami, artichokes and an olive spread similar to what you'd get on a muffaletta in New Orleans. The whole thing gets
drizzled drenched in olive oil, and the top half of the roll is hollowed out to make room for the artichokes. A perfectly constructed masterpiece.
Serious Eats grand poobah Ed Levine has always touted the greatness of Alidoro, so it was no shock to taste how good the sandwich was. What did surprise me was the little bit I couldn't finish— the sandwiches are huge— retained its deliciousness even after spending two days in the fridge (you may say the secret ingredient is olive oil.) If we end up having a boy, I may have to try the Marcello.
105 Sullivan St., New York NY 10012 (nr. Spring; map) 212-334-5179
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