Don Antonio’s Toscano is More Calzone Than Panini
I’ve been quite intrigued by this current trend of fried pizzas, and after reading Chris’s review of Don Antonio‘s (50th btw 8th+9th) fried panini, I knew I wanted to stop by to try one out. Unfortunately since his visit, some of the lower priced options have snuck up $1, but still a buck shy of the ML price ceiling. I decided to take a gander at the other panini under $10, the Toscano. For $9, I will say you do get your money’s worth.
The Toscano is comparative to the one Chris got in size aka freaking huge. I could only eat half of it for lunch, saving the rest for a cold pizza-like dinner. The panini comes piping hot, with copious amounts of Italian baked ham, homemade mozzarella, and mushrooms stuffed inside. I did love that the “bread” seems to simply be–and I could be totally wrong here–pizza dough wrapped around the stuffing before being baked in their acunto aka wood-fired oven. It’s not so much a panini as a reimagined calzone. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire sandwich, even when the soft cheese melted out the bottom of the sandwich a bit. They still don’t have much of a lunch crowd, and do now offer free delivery.
Though if you eat in, you can do as I did and ponder the meaning of these paintings. I don’t know about any popes watching volcano explode over Naples though I’m also not Catholic so what do I know.
Don Antonio , 309 West 50th St (between 8th and 9th Ave); 646-719-1043