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Tempo Presto: muffuletta + gelato

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Tempo Presto: muffuletta + gelato

yak attack | Jul 29, 2005 08:30 PM

I stopped by Tempo Presto, on 5th Ave. and Carroll, for a quick bite today. I had their rendition of a muffuletta, a traditional New Orleans sandwich which in their version was made with salami, mortadella, provolone (I think), and a sort of tapenade of olives, red peppers, garlic and onions. Although I've only had it in New Orleans a couple of times, I thought this was a pretty good rendition, and reasonably priced at $7.25. Does anybody know any other places to get good muffulettas in New York? They're great sandwiches, and I'm surpised that they're not more popular.

I still think that Press 195 makes excellent sandwiches, probably better in fact, but this is a nice addition if you want to get something quick for take out.

I also saw that they offer about ten different flavors of gelato that they make themselves, for $3/scoop. I was too full to get one, but had a taste of the pistachio cherry and was impressed. Big chunks of real fruit--so big, in fact, that I didn't have enough gelato in that bite to really comment on its quality.

As for the space, it's really more of a take out place. They've got two small tables with a couple of stools apiece and that's it.

I've had my issues with service at Tempo, the mother restaurant, before, but I will be back to Tempo Presto, and am really looking forward to exploring their gelato section this summer.

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