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- $20 for $35 worth of Italian pastas, carpace, and taglieri for dine in
- $12 for $20 worth of Italian pastas, carpace, and taglieri for takeout
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There's a lot to smell, see, and taste at Ballaró. The aroma of fresh, homemade bread wafting through the air heralds the eatery's opening each morning at 10:30 a.m., and from there every hour fills with salumi, pastas, paninis, and other Italian specialities. And the wine doesn't stop flowing until 2 a.m. every night of the week, bringing with it some evenings live music, just like in the open-air Sicilian market the eatery takes its name from.
Amid all these gourmet goodies, paninis stand as some of the most popular dishes, as evidenced by their top-most placement on the lunch menu and their frequent election as prom king and queen. Ballaró chefs stuff these grilled sandwiches with everything from prosciutto to roast beef and salmon—as well as veggies and toppings. Sometimes, though, simplicity wins out, as is the case with the classic carpese: a combination of mozzarella, tomato and fresh basil