San Matteo Pizza and Espresso Bar’s East Village spin-off, which opened last month, specializes in a relatively new addition to the takeout-pizza canon — the panuozzo. These sandwiches use pieces of pizza dough baked in the Neapolitan style and lightly swiped with tomato sauce as bread to house hearty fillings like roast pork, sausage and broccoli rabe, and pancetta and artichokes.
Though pork-sandwich options abound at San Matteo, the vegetarian burrata panuozzo is not to be missed. Two thick cuts of burrata — fresh mozzarella cheese with a creamy center — are placed on top of a handful of micro-arugula, sweet roasted red peppers (that are not slimy or limp), and a dash of truffle oil. The Italian guys making your sandwich to order behind the tiny shop’s wooden bar won’t skimp on the filling, making this panuozzo’s price ($9) seem reasonable for a quick lunch. 127 St. Marks Place, 212-979-8000
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 12, 2012