Vegetarian Delights of NYC: Smoked Mozzarella, Fig, and Escarole Panini at Bar Tano


Leggero means “slight” or “light” in Italian, so it’s a mystery why the folks at Brooklyn’s Bar Tano dubbed this hearty panini the “Leggero.” Maybe it’s because the sandwich is meatless–however, it’s anything but scrawny.

The toasted bread oozes melted smoked mozzarella, plus a slick of fig preserves, and a heaping portion of garlicky sauteed escarole. Sure, it’s just a simple sandwich, but the flavors balance deliciously between bitter, sweet, and rich-cheesy.

457 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 16, 2009

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