Piccolo, a new panini/bruschetta/gelato bar in the East Village, is very difficult to search for online because name competition from Piccolo Mondo in Hyde Park. But aside from both being Italian restaurants, they’re not competing over anything else, being neighborhood spots in neighborhoods that are very far from each other.
Anyway, Piccolo’s panini menu is heavy on the cured meats, because if you can’t get bresaola, prosciutto, capicola or soprasetta on a toasted sandwich, why even bother waking up in the morning? The panini run around $7 (and come with a house pickled side salad!), but if you want a $2 sample portion, the bruschetta menu has almost as many options as the panini menu, albeit with more of a vegetarian vibe. A few salads and gelato round out the offerings, leaving locals with a good place to grab a snack before a night out partying, maybe.
[Photo: a piccolo, Zero Reed Instruments]