Above photo by Dave Zucker; all other photos courtesy The Sandwich Spot
The new establishment puts haute cuisine twists on the neighborhood sub shack, including imported Italian meats and so much Nutella.
Sandwich lovers, rejoice! There’s a new spot for amazing sandwiches in the county and its pedigreed ingredients and attention to detail should put it at the top of your list of places to try this summer.
On an otherwise unassuming stretch of Legion Dr., just a stone’s throw from Kensico Dam Plaza and the new Westchester Community College campus, you’ll find Westchester County’s best new spot for scoring incredible breakfast and lunch sandwiches, called, well, The Sandwich Spot.
“My partner had this place before,” says co-owner Joseph La Manno. “I’m in the food industry my whole life, so I told him I didn’t want to just do an Italian deli, but I wanted to do a sandwich spot — a little bit more high-end, but a mix of everything.”
La Manno is being modest when he says, “a little more high-end.” All of the shop’s meats — from roast beef and tuna fish to mortadella and porchetta — are imported from Italy and made in-house. The bread — ciabatta, focaccia, burger rolls, and gluten-free options — arrive fresh daily from the Bronx. Want to order a simple burger? They’re steakhouse quality prime beef, aged in-house.
After seeing one roasting away in the oven, we opted to try the house-made porchetta, dry-aged and slow-roasted with crispy skin and served on ciabatta simply with melty provolone and a light spread of garlic aioli. (Okay, at La Manno’s urging, we added hot peppers. It was absolutely the right call.)
The Italian-style Cubano is another must-try, swapping in porchetta and prosciutto cotta for the traditional ham and roast pork.
“We know it’s a strong Italian community around here, so we wanted to do that but also a little American, a little of everything,” La Manno says. To that end, cold combos are also available as lettuce wraps, while the menu also includes a wide assortment of decidedly non-Italian sandwiches like a meatless sub, tuna and chicken melts, a turkey club, and the ever-popular Philly cheesesteak. Salads and weekly specials (one salad and one sandwich each) are also available.
Breakfast fare includes the “Simple Man” — a BEC with Mike’s Hot Honey on brioche — the “Hungry Man” — Italian ham, bacon, hash brown, egg, and cheese — and a varied selection in-between.
The Sandwich Spot offers an array of sides and drinks to pair with its sandwiches: baked goods and, of course, Italian coffee to-go with breakfast, and imported soft drinks, teas, chips, and salads/slaws for lunch. Definitely try the house’s fries, served plain, truffled, or with gorgonzola and thick-cut bacon. However, dessert is what you should be saving room for.
Combining both Italian and American love for Nutella, the sweet treat selection includes Nutella-stuffed croissants and crepes, three-inch Nutella linzer cookies, imported Italian Nutella mini-linzers, house-made churros (with a tiny jar of Nutella), and milkshakes (Nutella, Nutella cookie, Nutella-banana, and plain vanilla if you want to keep it simple).
Can’t get enough Nutella? The shop even sells a massive 6.6-pound tub of Nutella, though La Manno admits no one’s been brave enough to buy one yet. Maybe you’ll be the first.
The Sandwich Spot is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. And yes, it caters.
The Sandwich Spot
160 Legion Dr., Valhalla