Cuisine: Italian , Sandwiches
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This once locals' secret paninoteca, or Italian panini restaurant, has since become popular with tourists leaving 5th avenue museums, though the friendly coziness of this Upper East Side staple has remained, as has the delicious lunchtime fare.Review By: Emily Monaco
Midday is the best time for a meal at Via Quadronno, which, while it serves traditional Italian dishes at dinnertime, is most known for its panini. Unfortunately, locals and tourists alike are aware of Via Quadronno's lunchtime benefits—not only the excellent menu, but the proximity to the Met and the Guggenheim—so you may have a bit of a wait. Take your time and peruse the offerings: there are many to choose from, and you may have a hard time coming to a final decision.
To help, the menu is divided into categories: sandwiches, salads, hot and cold specialties, etc. If you want to see the best of what Via Quadronno has to offer, stick to the Panini Semplici, Tartine and especially the Panini di Via Quadronno: the house specialties.
The Panini Semplici and Tartine (the first a closed, pressed sandwich and the second an open-faced one) each focus on one exemplary ingredient (Prosciutto di San Daniele, $11 or Tartufata with Fontina, $15, for example) on freshly homemade bread. The specialty Panini di Via Quadronno, however, are made “in the Milanese tradition” with up to six ingredients, combined in the mind of the chef to come together perfectly on the plate and on the palate.
In tomato season, try the “La Madunina,” with prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, olive tapanade and fresh tomatoes ($13.50). Those looking for something off the beaten track will love the “Barbagia,” with wild boar prosciutto, camembert, arugula and red onion ($14.50). And then, of course, there is the award winning “Non ti Scordar di Me,” or “never forget me,” with speck, brie and pâté ($14.50). With so many choices, it's no wonder this sandwich place so quickly became a regular lunchtime spot for so many Upper East Side locals.
Neighborhood: East 70s
Hours: Mon - Fri: 8am - 11pm
Sat: 9am - 11pm
Sun: 10am - 9pm