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Panino Sportivo Roma

26 Prince St., New York, NY 10012 40.7229 -73.994678
nr. Mott St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-431-0800 Send to Phone
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  • Cuisine: Coffeehouse, Italian, Soup & Sandwich
  • Price Range: $

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Official Website

paninosportivo.com

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at Spring St.; N, R at Prince St.; B, D, F, M at Broadway-Lafayette St.; J, Z at Bowery

Prices

$5-$10.75

Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • No Alcohol

Reservations

Not Accepted

Delivery Area

Grand St. to 4th St., Ludlow St. to Sixth Ave.

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This venue is closed.

The theme may be soccer, with a flat-screen TV showing games and highlights, but only occasional sports fans appear to cheer, ridicule, or pound back beers. That's probably because loud music disturbs the visual attempt at Italian fantasy. Instead, people come for panini. Unlike the now-ubiquitous impostors, made with sliced bread compacted by a hot press, this shop emulates the real Italian deal, pressing stocky, torpedo-shaped rolls just long enough to get the bread crusty— but not long enough to wilt the peppery arugula that sparks a prosciutto and brie sandwich, dressed with and sundried tomato vinaigrette. The heat does, however, melt the rich cheese, which alchemically mingles with the vinaigrette to morph into an enchanting condiment, something akin to hot mayo. Simpler sandwiches are just as good. Salty, rich mortadella teams up with spicy pickled peppers and mustard; first-rate Italian tuna and red onion are doused with aromatic olive oil. Salads, cold plates, and nightly main dishes aren't nearly as tempting. Hearts of palm with lettuce and grape tomatoes, for instance, is fine, but the plasticky Parmesan showered on top is a deal breaker. Conversely, mysteriously wan tomatoes share a plate with basil and excellent mozzarella so creamy you won't care what kind of music's playing—or who’s won the World Cup.

Recommended Dishes

Chicco, $8; luciana, $7.25; paola, $9.25

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