Vegetarian Treats Pepper the Menu at Italian Deli Sergimmo Salumeria
The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick.
Carnivale panini at Sergimmo Salumeria | Tara Mahadevan
Destination: Sergimmo Salumeria (456 Ninth Avenue, 212-967-4212)
Neighborhood: Hell's Kitchen / Garment District
Cuisine: Italian deli
Overview: In 1970, brothers Giovanni and Fillippo Badalamenti came to New York from Sicily and opened the first location of Sergimmo Salumeria in Astoria. After Fillippo retired in 1993, Giovanni moved the salumeria to Whitestone, Queens, and soon handed the reins to his sons Sergio and Massimo, who continue the Badalamenti legacy of curating and creating traditional Italian specialties, including homemade mozzarella. The salumeria's huge success allowed Sergio and Massimo to open a second location of salumeria in Manhattan three years ago.
Highlights: As with most Italian delis, the menu here runs deep in meaty options, but vegetarians won't feel sad about their choices, either. Sergimmo's carnivale panini ($10) is served on a thick, crunchy baguette and laden with pesto, balsamic, olive oil, thick slices of mozzarella, grilled broccoli, eggplant, onion, and zucchini. The massive stack looks difficult to tackle, but as the pesto, balsamic, and olive oil soak through the bread, biting into the sandwich becomes easier. The balsamic provides a nice contrasting sweetness to the pungent, savory pesto and the milkiness and soft texture of the homemade mozzarella. The vegetables add good verdant undertones and heft.
And the meat-free options don't end there: Sergimmo Salumeria also has a few other vegetarian paninis, including the calabria ($9) and the ricotta fresca ($9.50), plus a huge selection of salads, pasta, and cheeses.