Diane is a personal favorite, filled with
radicchio, grilled onions, roasted tomato,
roasted zucchini, goat cheese, balsamic
vinegar and olive oil. Photo courtesy City
Sandwich | NYC.
We recently wandered into City Sandwich, a New York City sub shop with a different perspective: top-quality ingredients sandwiched without any mayonnaise or fatty sauces.
Chef Michael Guerrieri, who was born in Naples, raised in New York and cooked in Lisbon, has created a menu of Italian-Portuguese fusion sandwiches. He swapped the mayo for yogurt sauces and a splash of olive oil, and traded conventional submarine rolls for those from a Portuguese bakery, working with the baker to perfect the consistency of the bread.
His menu of sandwich is named for friends and family, suggesting an idea for a sandwich-making party at home. Lay out the ingredients, let everyone design his or her own sandwich, and email the results and ingredients to all participants.
Here’s a sampling of the menu at City Sandwich—a long list with choices among eggs, meats, raw food, vegetarian and vegan ingredients—clearly a different mix inside the sub. But we wanted to eat everything, and even after cuts, the list is:
Adriana: sautéed eggplant, fresh ricotta, sautéed red onion, fresh basil, roasted garlic, olive oil
Alex: spicy sopressata, red and white sliced onions, roasted red and yellow peppers, julienned spinach, julienned Parmigiano, capers, piri piri peppers
Altan: fresh mozzarella, tomato, seasonal lettuce, basil-pesto-yogurt sauce
Antonio: roasted zucchini, roasted onions, roasted tomato, melted mozzarella, olive oil
Auntie: homemade pickled sardines, sautéed onions, cilantro, olive oil
Bench Girl: omelet, alheira* sausage, grilled onions, spinach, melted mozzarella, olive oil
Breakfast: linguiça sausage, egg white or regular omelet, spicky kale, sauteed onions, melted mozzarella, olive oil
The Buckle: an all-raw sandwich with alfalfa sprouts, cucumber, garlic, green and red shredded cabbage, green beans, kale, shaved carrot, watercress, yellow squash, zucchini and black bean lemon vinaigrette
The Chef: soaked codfish, tomato, seasonal lettuce, sautéed onions, capers, black olive pesto, olive oil
Chrissy: sliced free range chicken breast, steamed kale, pancetta, melted mozarella, sautéed onions, olive oil
Christina: roasted eggplant, fresh basil, roasted tomato, melted mozzarella, garlic, olive oil
Cornelia: roasted seasonal, vegetables, roasted tomato, fresh rosemary, olive oil
Diane: radicchio, grilled onions, roasted tomato, roasted zucchini, goat cheese, balsamic vinegar, olive oil
Dave: fresh sausage, broccoli rabe, tomato, peperoncino, melted mozzarella, garlic, olive oil
Fatima: octopus salad, diced onions, diced peppers, arugula, fresh parsley, mustard vinaigrette
Franco: prosciutto, mozzarella, roasted peppers, arugula, raw garlic, olive oil
Gary & Phil: ham, turkey, onions, tomato, watercress, honey-Dijon-yogurt sauce
Henrique: alheira sausage*, steamed collard greens, grilled onions, melted mozzarella, olive oil
Helena: homemade linguiça* sausage spread, fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, sautéed onions, watercress, olive oil
Italian-Portuguese Steak Melt: thinly sliced beef, roasted peppers, pancetta, caramelized onions, melted fresh mozzarella, olive oil
Photo courtesy City Sandwich | NYC.
James: roast beef, roasted peppers, broccoli rabe, melted mozzarella, sautéed onions, olive oil
Jerry: smoked salmon, tomato, chopped onions, seasonal lettuce, shallot-dill-yogurt sauce
Jo & Nairobi: sliced free range chicken breast, stewed zucchini, stewed tomato, stewed onions, melted mozzarella, fresh basil, olive oil
Ken: steamed Italian sausage (crumbled), stewed garlic and tomatoes, melted mozzarella, sautéed onions, sliced jalapeños, olive oil
Lenten Loaf: smoked salmon, sliced tomatoes, mesclun salad, ranch dressing
LGBT: linguiça* spread, goat cheese, Portuguese bacon, tomato, lettuce, sauteed onions, olive oil
LGBT Vegan: sautéed leeks, sautéed garlic, beets in aged balsamic and olive oil marinade, tofu in piri piri marinade, lettuce, olive oil
Lucy: steamed shrimp, watercress, chopped onions, tomato-honey-basil yogurt sauce
Maria: cooked egg whites, paio* sausage, broccoli rabe, sautéed onions, melted mozzarella, tomato, olive oil
Michael: crumbled sausage, home-roasted tomatoes and red and yellow peppers, melted mozzarella
Monica: cooked egg whites, sautéed onions, fresh oregano, melted mozzarella, olive oil
Nonna: omelet, sautéed onions, fresh oregano, melted mozzarella, olive oil
Nuno: morcela* sausage, broccoli rabe, tomato, collard greens, melted mozzarella, garlic, olive oil
Pavia: cooked egg whites, spinach, melted Brie, sautéed onions, tomato
Roberto: roast suckling pig, Portuguese bacon, caramelized onions, fresh baby spinach and optional chopped jalapeños
Rudy: turkey, roasted red and yellow peppers, fresh mozzarella, capers, basil pesto, fresh basil, garlic, ollive oil
Salvatore: chicken breast, roasted peppers, homemade prosciutto spread, watercress, sautéed onions, olive oil
Sofia: battered zucchini blossoms, salted zucchini, Portuguese linguiça sausage, sautéed onions, shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, olive oil
Todd: smoked pancetta, seasonal lettuce, tomato, honey-Dijon-yogurt sauce
Victoria: chicken breast, broccoli rabe, tomato, sautéed onions, melted mozzarella, olive oil
If the choice seems overwhelming: It is!
There are also 12 different egg sandwiches, and seasonal specialties. Check out the menu on the website.
You need to study the menu and make choices before showing up to order.
*Alheira is a Portuguese sausage made with meats other than pork (usually veal, duck, chicken, quail or rabbit) and bread; linguiça is a smoke-cured pork sausage seasoned with garlic and paprika; morcela is a traditional Portuguese and Brazilian black sausage; paio is a smoked Portuguese and Brazilian sausage made of pork loin, garlic, bell pepper and salt.