Underestimate Certe’s Vegetarian Sandwich at Your Own Risk
So, I’ll admit, it’s taken me awhile to go and check out “The Primavera”, Certe’s new entry to the Midtown Lunch Sandwich Challenge. Part of it is because it’s their *third* entry (they have done one every month since we started), but part of it had to do with the fact that it was a vegetarian entry. Don’t get me wrong, it sounded good and all (crispy eggplant, zucchini and yellow squash with basil ricotta, fresh mozzarella on a homemade garlic herb focaccia), but not blow-me-away good. Not so-good-I-felt-the-need-to-rush-over-there and stuff my fat face good (which presumably would get fatter and fatter just by looking at the sandwich.)
Yesterday, I finally found time to trek over to Certe (on 55th btw. 5+6th) and try the sandwich. And boy am I glad I did.
Let this be an important lesson to anti-vegetarian Midtown Lunchers… just because something is vegetarian, or is made up mostly of vegetables, doesn’t mean it isn’t delicious (and fattening). Of course it helps when those vegetables have been sliced super thin, breaded, and fried. It helps even more when you top them with slices of fresh mozzarella, and a basil ricotta that melts into an alfredo-like white sauce. After abandoning the “dipping sauce” from sandwich #1 to sandwich #2, Certe brings it back for #3 in the form of a red marinara sauce.
At $9, the thing is definitely a little more expensive than I would like it to be, and part of me feels like it’s overkill to allow Certe to enter a new sandwich every single month, and get this kind of publicity. But if they keep making amazing sandwiches, it’s tough to ignore it. I was perfectly prepared to let this one quietly slide into obscurity… but I’ll be damned if I let you miss out on this amazing sandwich. Certe- I don’t know who your sandwich chef is, but he deserves a raise.