A Sandwich A Day: Pane e Panelle from Bar Stuzzichini

A Sandwich a Day

A new sandwich every day.

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.

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[Photo: Robyn Lee]

I'll admit, the Pane e Panelle ($10) on the "Panini" menu at Bar Stuzzichini and I started off on a rough note. After unwrapping it at Serious Eats HQ, many of us were confused. When I envision panini, I see pressed ciabatta bread with minimal filling—but this little sandwich resembled more of a hamburger than anything else. Served on a small sesame seed-studded bun, this dainty morsel of a sandwich fooled us all, but ended up being absolutely addictive.

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Stuffed to the brim with several fried chickpea fritters and parmesan and caciocavallo cheeses, the almost nutty taste of the fritters balances nicely with the mild hints of Parmesan scattered throughout; the Parm also adds a delicious salty tang. The mild Provolone-esque flavor of the caciocavallo is almost overwhelmed by the other intense flavors, but all in all it's only a minor loss. The entire office couldn't stop slicing off chunk after chunk, and the entire thing was gone in a matter of minutes.

Bar Stuzzichini

928 Broadway, New York NY 10010 (b/n 21st and 22nd; map) 212-780-5100