The panini press was invented during the Sandwich Inquisition, when culinary authorities began the practice of pressing innocent sandwiches under hot griddles as punishment for questioning the crown. Free your sandwich, and your tongue, with today's deal: for $15, you get $30 worth of sandwiches and other deli delights from Salumè, an authentic Italian panini shop located in SoHo.
Salumè artfully fulfills the promise of a 2:1 ratio of filling to bread, slicing each thin disc of prosciutto and mortadella moments before placing it gently into a softly roasted Italian roll, preserving its flavor and aroma much like George Lucas preserved the glory of ancient Rome in Assassin's Creed II. An expert staff of panini maestri use only the speediest of deli slicers and never ever squash everything together, muddling the flavor. Instead, they build each panino bit by bit in a particular order that foregrounds each individual component—the bread is warm and lightly toasted, and the meat and cheese just begin to awaken. Salute the tastiest form of pork punditry with the San Daniele, a masterpiece of prosciutto, parmesan, fennel, and truffle oil ($13.50), revel in the beefy goodness of the Stelvio (bresaola, arugula, olive oil, lemon juice, and pepper, $12.50), or keep lunch herbivore-friendly with the buffalo-mozzarella-packed Capri ($11). Eaters unfamiliar with Italian deli terminology can browse the Paninipedia ahead of time to guard against the accidental pairing of anchovy and confectioner's sugar.
In addition to saliva-stimulating paninis, Salumè offers light breakfasts, toasts, canapés, and quick plates of quality deli cuts and cheeses, further illustrating its commitment to speed and quality. Parched post-plate palates can erect a caffeinated aqueduct with Illy espresso ($3) or nibble a dolci such as the chocolate salami ($10) while enjoying the sights and scents of this sleek, modern sandwichery.
- While a melted slurry of meat and cheese has its appeal, each element of the prosciutto di Praga sandwich ($12), nestled inside a freshly baked roll from Eli Zabar, is exquisite and distinct. – Oliver Strand, New York Times
- If this panini was likened to a mode of transportation, it's more like a Ferrari than like the subway. – Melanie Grayce West, Wall Street Journal
- I went here on my day off for a sandwich and was blown away by how good it was. – Michael H., Yelp