Yesterday I mentioned I would check out Toscano & Sons, and indeed I did head over there for a quick lunch. It’s located at 1000 Marietta; a relatively new development very close to Georgia Tech. Toscano & Sons is directly next door to where the new 5 Seasons Brewery will be located, which is nice for us Westsider’s.
Toscano & Sons is a small, quaint establishment – there are a few small tables, some food displays with various pastas, sauces, antipasto, and so forth for sale, and then a food prep/butcher counter where food is ordered and prepared. I picked up an Italian carbonated water for < $1 and ordered a small soup of the day, minestrone, for $2. The soup had tons of vegetables and was good.
All the sandwiches were the same price – $4.75. I ordered the toscano which has soppressata, fontina cheese, and arugula on some nice cibatta bread (which they also have for sale). The bread was very fresh with a great crust that was chewy, but not so tough that it cut up the roof of my mouth. It is a small amount of filler, like a real Italian panini, so don’t expect a 1lb Kool Korner’s sandwich.
Mike was happy with his chicken panini. Note that they had some wines there too. I didn’t look at the wines very long, but I recognized a bunch of Italian wines you can get at a lot of places around town.
I picked up a few groceries too – some pizza sauce (sue me, it’s convenient), some Caputo 00 Italian flour, and some domestic mozzarella. They had some imported mozzarella but it’s expensive and I didn’t want to waste the real good stuff on pizza; I’d eat that by itself. Also, I think the imported buffalo mozzarella is the same brand that Costo sells, so I could probably save some $ there.
Last night’s pizza, using the purchased sauce and cheese. It came out very well.
If you in midtown or westside, give Toscano & Sons a try. It’s not exactly the Italian Market I expected, kind of more of a specialty shop, but it was a great quick lunch, something a little different, and i was more than happy with the quality and the price.