The Art of the Sandwich: Lamazou
On 3rd Avenue, right off 27th Street is a little sandwich shop I've gone to for years. A hidden gem in my neighborhood, I thought it was my little secret, yet there is always a line out the door at lunch time! Opened 21 years ago, Nancy and Aziz Lamazou run this charming shop, churning custom sandwiches and expertise to guide any creative patron!
With a rich cultural background (Nancy is Lebanese and Aziz is Tunisian), Lamazou offers delicacies from all over the world, artisanal cheeses, salumi, and homemade goodies like their well-known egg salad with Roquefort cheese, grilled vegetables, hummus, tuna and chicken salads. They also have a great selection of pates (wild boar pate and venison pate) and a delectable smoked duck breast. Lamazou gets a variety of great crusty breads from different bakeries around the city, Sullivan Bakery, Il Forno and Balthazar just to name a few.
Before I jump into the sandwiches we built (yes, Nancy refers to making a sandwich as building one!), here are a few of her tips:
Choose the right bread. (If you want a nice airy crunch, choose a ciabatta. For a dense, rich bite, use a multi grain or pumpernickel bread. It all depends on what you want.)
Spread condiment on both sides of the bread. (Don’t skimp on either side!)
Slice your meats thin enough, delicately bundle and lay on top like a nest. (So they can breathe!)
Onto the sandwiches!
Nancy made one of her popular specialty sandwiches: the Smart Duck. On a crusty and airy piece of ciabatta bread, she layers spicy Dijon mustard, sliced cornichons, green leaf lettuce, plum tomato, thinly sliced smoked Magret duck breast, and 2 thick slices of rich, double cream Brie Cheese. The rich Brie and succulent duck melt in your mouth, and the snap from the cornichons bring a nice acidity to each bite. Wow.
Fiorella's Lamazou Sandwich
I couldn’t leave Lamazou without whipping up my own concoction! With Nancy’s guidance, I chose a combination of her Italian favorites with a Middle Eastern touch: whole grain ciabatta (studded with oats for great texture), with house-made hummus, thinly sliced mortadella, topped with grilled zucchini and roasted red peppers from Greece! Divine!
Fiorella's Favorite Combo
Another combo sandwich I love is simply crusty Pumpernickel bread with smoked salmon and Lamazou egg salad with roquefort cheese-delectable!
Lamazou is a definite must-try for all sandwich lovers. But they don’t just make delicious sandwiches! They also cater beautiful platters for dinner parties and holidays. In fact, Nancy prepared a platter during my visit and let me just tell you what she’s got in it so you’ll be as impressed as I was:
Prosciutto Di Parma
Black Forest Ham (smoked prosciutto from Germany)
Finocchinona (Tuscan salami with fennel)
Delice d'Argental (double cream cheese from Burgundy)
Couturier Goat Cheese
Cotswold Cheese (cow’s cheese from England)
Manchego Cheese (sheep cheese from Spain)
Aged Provolone (cow’s cheese from Italy)
Great combo sandwiches, artisanal cheeses and meats, homemade spreads and condiments--find out for yourself why this is my favorite sandwich shop!