The List: Toscano & Sons Italian Market
In the heart of Virginia Highlands is a wonderful taste of Italy, Toscano & Sons Italian Market. The store front is about as basic as they come with assorted imported food items lining the simple wood shelves. Even the wine selection and guest seating is restrained and understated.The setting is a perfect preview of what's in store with the main attraction, the food. The Creative Loafing Best Dish List enticed me, along with my friend Lynne, to try the Viola Panini. This simple pressed sandwich is made with Genoa salami, smoky speck, mortadella, provolone, and an olive tapenade pressed between the most gorgeous ciabatta bread. Yes. I absolutely understand why this humble and amazing sandwich is on The List. However, my personal bias against olives crept into the picture. I just don't dig 'em.
Fortunately, Lynne and I decided to split the Toscano panini which is made with of only three ingredients: sopressata, fontina, and arugula. Yes. In my opinion, THIS is the better sandwich. However, I suspect any of the 10 items on their menu would be fabulous orders.
Definitely worth swinging by and having lunch here. I also couldn't resist ordering one of their sweet peppers with goat cheese. Nothing fancy here, but MAN were these good. I will try and recreate these little pockets of happiness and let you know how it goes! Until then, get thee to Toscano & Sons!!