Lower East Siders are getting a serious education in Italian street sandos. Back in February, the Roman pizza pocket operation, Trapizzino, opened on Orchard Street. Now Tramezzini, a Smorgasburg vendor specializing in Venetian sandwiches, is opening just a handful of blocks away, on Houston Street.
As you can see from the photos, these sandos are highly portable. In their Best of New York issue, New York magazine described tramezzini as “Italy’s answer to England’s tea sandwiches — bar food designed for ease of entering one’s maw between sips of espresso or gulps of Negronis.” Cipriani Le Specialità’s version landed on their list of “The Absolute Best Sandwich to Eat at Your Desk.”
As for Tramezzini’s version, it’s made with a crustless, soft olive-oil bread that’s imported from Venice– as you’d expect from the proud Venetian brothers who run this operation. You’ll be able to grip these lil guys when their shop grand-opens on June 9. During the big day, the first 50 customers can score $1 paper cones holding half a sando atop a salad. For everyone else, there’ll be a buy one/get one deal. Among the varieties that will definitely be on the menu are the Roasted Pork Leg, Parma Affair, Milky Mozzarella, and Tuna Love. (If you’ve never caught them at Smorg, you can see all of Tramezzini’s offerings here.)
Tramezzini, 309 East Houston St., Lower East Side.