There's a little out-of-the-way, jewel of a sandwich shop on Pass Avenue that's easy to miss if you're not looking for it. Studio Caffé Magazzino is a small, intimate space with a funky country décor and a passion for healthy and uncomplicated fare.
Before the 4th Earl of Sandwich popularized the dish that bears his name, a sandwich was merely known as "bread and meat" or "bread and cheese." The popularity of sandwiches really took off once bakeries began selling sliced bread in the early 1900s. Magazzino's makes no pretense about sandwich making. None of the over-stuffed, over-glopped mega-sandwiches here. At this eatery, it's all about simple, fresh ingredients assembled with care.
Consider the Arabo sandwich. Grilled fresh spinach and Brie cheese drizzled with olive oil. I had it on olive bread -- there are four breads to choose from -- and it was delicious. Lightly grilled, the sautéed spinach tasted sweet and fresh and was nicely complemented by the Brie.