During the winter, the seats inside Tarallucci E Vino in the East Village are especially cozy. I like the tables all the way in the back, against the wall. Here it's nice and warm—warm enough in fact, to start with the Espresso Shakerato ($2.75), espresso, sugar, a bit of milk and plenty of ice, shaken and poured into a martini glass.
The sandwich to get is the Stella Panini ($9.95, pictured at top), a pairing of albacore tuna with marinated artichoke hearts on pressed ciabatta that's smothered in mayo. It's not an extraordinary sandwich, but a particularly satisfying one. Nothing quite like sinking your teeth through the crackle of bread and all those layers of artichokes and tuna. It's just the side of accompanying greens that you should watch out for—I've come across not-so-fresh greens on too many occasion at this cafe.
For dessert? Oh, perhaps hot chocolate, tiramisu or a slice of chocolate profiterole cake. But since this is lunch, I kept it light with Panna Cotta ($5), silky and rich with vanilla beans. Texture is most memorable, creamy, so softly set.
Tarallucci E Vino
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