Any Way You Slice It

by Danilo Brunetti

Indulge in the best sandwiches the Eternal City has to offer. Kylee Reader digs in.

The hassle of choosing what to eat for lunch can sometimes be overwhelming, especially when you’re in a new city. For a more informal yet still tasty a air, you can’t go wrong with a quality sandwich! Read on for our top picks.

Looking for something easy and on-the-go, but don’t want to skimp on quality? Say no more. Trapizzino offers options that can satisfy diverse palates. The sandwiches come in a triangular shape, similar to that of the famous Italian tramezzino, but are so much better. Instead of bread, it’s a pocket of pizza dough, baked fresh to perfection. The warm flaky wedge becomes a delicate holding-place for all of the delicious ingredients stuffed inside, which include meatballs with tomato sauce, chicken cacciatore, and many more. Dine in or take away. Via Giovanni Branca, 88.

After taking inspiration from an Italian native  who whips up panini in Manhattan, friends Emiliano and Valerio sought to replicate the same dedication to the art of sandwich-making, right here in Rome. So they created La Sandwicheria , offering an extensive menu of sandwiches that can satisfy meat-lovers, fish fanatics, and vegetarians alike, all made with fresh, quality ingredients. And its reasonable prices make it a rare find in the Spanish Steps neighborhood. Largo del Nazareno, 16/17.

Who said eating a sandwich couldn’t be a luxurious a air? At Panino Divino, just a few blocks from the Vatican, the creations are downright gourmet. The evolving menu changes with the seasons, and each panino is made with quality local ingredients based on what is found in the market that day. Not a fan of meat? No need to fret, the menu also includes a wide assortment of vegetarian options that are just as tasty. To take your evening up a notch, order a chopping board of their signature meats and cheeses—ideal when paired with a glass of wine from their extensive list. Via dei Gracchi, 11a.

If you have a love for traditional Roman sandwiches, and an even bigger appetite, Duecentogradi  is your go-to spot. The bright, modern shop offers specialty sandwiches, each one unique in their concoction of fresh ingredients, and named after a different Roman piazza. The panini are made with traditional Roman focaccia bread, baked at precisely 200 degrees—hence the shop’s name. If you’re looking for a more personalized sandwich, you can pick and choose from the ingredients offered to create the panino of your dreams. Piazza del Risorgimento, 3.

Hidden in the maze of streets near Piazza Navona is a tiny shop with sandwiches inspired by Italy’s neighbors to the northwest. Baguetteria del Fico serves delectable sandwiches on freshly baked baguette bread, with a wide selection of cured meats, sauces, vegetables, and other tempting toppings, at decidedly non-Parisian prices. Scrumptious snacks such as charcuterie boards, seasonal fruit, and homemade desserts are also offered. They carry a large selection of homemade beers, cocktails, and wines, by the glass or bottle too. Via della Fossa, 12.

Located near the Colosseum, Pane e Vino is the ideal spot for when you need a break from seemingly endless sightseeing and a good, quality sandwich to power you up for more. The simple menu includes panini in two different sizes to suit average as well as extra-large appetites, and ingredients to create delectable veg and non-veg versions. Via Ostilia, 10.

A favorite among tourists and locals alike, Pane e Salame offers fresh panini loaded with flavor at a price that won’t make your wallet cry. Unlike a typical sandwich, these delights are assembled and baked as a single unit, with a mix of cheeses, meats, and veggies lovingly inserted between perfectly crisped bread, all melting together to create a sandwich like no other. Via Santa Maria in Via, 19.