During the great silverware famine, the populace turned to the almighty sandwich, a meal that could be consumed with nothing more than two hands, one heart, and 60 minutes of cyclical belly rubbing. Celebrate handheld edibles with today's Groupon: for $6, you get $12 worth of Italian café fare at Conte Di Savoia, with two locations in Little Italy.
The sandwich stackers at Conte Di Savoia craft palm-friendly eats stuffed with homemade mozzarella, as well as ham and cheese imported directly from Italy. Diners can hang a fang on a variety of sandwiches ripe with tomatoes, provolone cheese, and meats such as cappocollo ($4.75), salami ($4.65), and prosciutto ($5.60). Verdure votaries can play tic-tac-toe along the grill lines demarking the grilled eggplant sandwich ($5.50) or play a melty game of hangman by splaying open one of many freshly pressed paninis ($5.95–$6.25). After the last crumb gets thumbed from the plate, parting tablemates can seal their food-tethered friendship with timeless italian desserts including lightweight cannolis ($2.25) and lady-finger-laden tiramisu ($3).
Conte Di Savoia has been serving sandwiches in the heart of Little Italy since since 1948. Over that time, temporary houseguests have made themselves comfortable, huddling around simply dressed white tables in the dining room, or, during warmer months, around the sidewalk-bound tables of the yell-friendly patio.
Conte Di Savoia
Nestled in Little Italy, Conte Di Savoia has dispensed a curated selection of imported Italian foods since 1948. Crisp checkerboard floors lead to wooden racks that proudly cradle vintage Italian wines, and an aisle devoted to olive-oil varietals, fresh pastas, and canned tomatoes inspires last-minute decisions about dinner and sending lippy cans of Chef Boyardee to boarding school. Fresh Italian sausage and house-made mozzarella peers over a cozy deli counter, which slings sandwiches and salads for patrons to consume at a small cluster of tables situated by the shop's front window. Summertime's amiable weather ushers in the arrival of sidewalk tables and seating, freshly potted herbs, and solar-powered cashiers.